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Rapunzel (1812)

by Paul O. Zelinsky

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Zielinski did a great job of capturing the story of Rapunzel in this story and illustrations. The story is told beautifully through the illustrations. Rather than putting emphasis on the doom and gloom of the tower, Zalinsky creates a story about the solitude Rapunzel dealt with due to the jealously of the witch. As always, this is a story about love conquering evil.

The notes at the end of the book help explain the history of this wonderful fairytale. ( )
  SraSpoer | Apr 12, 2017 |
There was a king and queen who were going to have a child when the wife wanted some rapunzel from the enchanted garden, so the king stole some and got their child taken away. The enchantress tried to keep the child hidden but she fell in love with a prince and had twins. The enchantress blinded the prince, but eventually they found each other and love healed him and they moved to his kingdom. This is a good fairytale because it has kings and queens and magical enchantresses. I would use this for Intermediate and middle school. The illustrations are watercolor ( )
  SkyD17 | Apr 3, 2017 |
The children's book Rapunzel is a traditional fairy tale that tells the story of a girl who was taken by a witch as a child for the witch's benefit. She was unable to escape and only saw her sorceress. After a prince heard Rapunzel's singing one day, he came to visit her and try to save her. This book demonstrates the power in problem solving and overcoming hardships to have a better life. This version of Rapunzel would be best for grades 3 and higher for children to fully understand the text. ( )
  AllisonBaier | Mar 28, 2017 |
This is a beautifully illustrated version of Rapunzel. It puts Rapunzel in the high renaissance style, and time period. The story itself is an older version and not the way Disney wrote Rapunzel.
I would classify this as the folktale, and fantasy book, as it is a classic that no one really knows who wrote it. It has elements of magic and a on going between the good and the bad.
I would read this story to 3rd grade and older students as some of the content may not be best for younger students.
  Michaiah.Annear | Mar 18, 2017 |
Rapunzel is about a queen who wanted Rapunzel, but the only way to get it was for her husband to climb over a wall and steal it from a wicked old lady. When the old witch found out she demanded that they give her their first child. When the child was finally born the witch took her, and she was named Rapunzel, the witch locked her in a tower, and whenever she wanted up she repeated Rapunzel Rapunzel let down your hair. One day a prince heard her singing, and kept listened to her singing , one day he yelled out Rapunzel Rapunzel let down your hair and her hair fell down , and he climbed up. She was finally happy to not be alone. When the witch found out she cut her hair and sent her into the forest. The witch tricked the prince and he became blind, but he then found Rapunzel, and her tears healed him and they lived happily ever after. I personally dont really care for the real version of the book, I like the story line of tangled better, I dont think the story line is good for children at all. An extension idea could be that when the witch found out she had found love, her heart grew and she left them be together instead of hurting them both.
  lexiedelg | Feb 12, 2017 |
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I lovingly dedicate this book to my family—Anna, Rachel, and Deborah
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Long ago, there lived a man and a woman who had no children.
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Two of her tears fell on his eyes, and suddenly he could see as well as ever.
When she reached the age of twelve, the sorceress led her into the forest to live in a high tower.
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0525456074, Hardcover)

In older versions of the classic tale Rapunzel, it always seemed improbable that a grown man could scale a tower using only his beloved's hair. Not so in Paul O. Zelinsky's Caldecott Medal-winning version of Rapunzel. Here, Rapunzel's reddish-blonde mane is thick with waves and braids, and cascades like a waterfall down the walls of her isolation tower. In Zelinsky's able hands it's easy to believe that a prince would harbor no hesitations about scrambling up our fair heroine's hair.

Of course, this is not the work of an amateur--Zelinsky's lush versions of Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, and Swamp Angel all earned him Caldecott Honors. His gorgeous, Italian Renaissance-styled illustrations are characterized by warm golden tones and the mesmerizing sensation of trompe l'oeuil. Not only does he have the touch of a world-class illustrator, Zelinsky has also proven himself a master storyteller. We are frightened when the sorceress demands to take the baby Rapunzel, we are alarmed when the flowing locks are cruelly shorn, and we rejoice when the prince and his now modest-haired love are reunited. The notes at the back of Rapunzel reveal his careful scholarship regarding the long history of the story (tracing its origins and transformations from Italy to France and finally to Germany and the Grimm brothers)--work that no doubt contributed to his clean, compelling version of the age-old tale. Children will be captivated by the magical story and evocative pictures and adults will delight in the fresh feel of a well-loved legend. (Click to see a sample spread. Illustration © 1997 by Paul O. Zelinsky, published by Dutton Children's Books, a division of Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers.) (Ages 4 and older)

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A retelling of a folktale in which a beautiful girl with long golden hair is kept imprisoned in a lonely tower by a sorceress. Includes a note on the origins of the story.

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