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Rapunzel (Picture Puffin Books) (original 1812; edition 2002)

by Brothers Grimm, Paul O. Zelinsky (Adapter), Paul O. Zelinsky (Illustrator)

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Title:Rapunzel (Picture Puffin Books)
Authors:Brothers Grimm (Author)
Other authors:Paul O. Zelinsky (Adapter), Paul O. Zelinsky (Illustrator)
Info:Puffin (2002), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 48 pages
Collections:Your library
Tags:Traditional Literature, Folktale

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Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky (1812)

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I enjoyed this story, the main message was that love overcomes everything. I believe that the plot was bit dark for some readers, the prince goes blind after falling face first on the ground. However, the plot was unique and not the typical Rapunzel story that readers are used to. One thing that I really enjoyed were the pictures, they were detailed and colorful and really made the story pop. The witch looked evil and the prince looked loving, it was very easy to see who was good and who was bad thanks to the pictures. ( )
  mlanni1 | Oct 16, 2016 |
Rapunzel is an intriguing story. I love how the author depicts the main character with amazingly long hair. The illustrations in the story really capture the beauty of the story. The detail of the text also pulls the reader in. The place and time where the story takes place is interesting for readers. This is a great book to read to elementary school students along with art integration.
  kerrihopethomas | Oct 13, 2016 |
Summary Rapunzel

Rapunzel talks about people wishing for one thing, but receiving something else in return. Rapunzel is a story about a man in women falling in love wanting to start a family but couldn’t bear a child. The sorceress caught the husband sneaking into her garden ask the husband give me your newborn child or your wife will die. The husband gave into the sorceress demand. The child, named Rapunzel with pale skin and an abundance of flowing red-gold hair, is well cared for by the sorceress who dotes on her every need. Rapunzel had pale skin and was care for by the sorceress. Rapunzel had red-gold flowing hair, at the age of twelve she went into the forest to live in a tower forever. Until a young man heard singing and gazed upon her beauty and asked what her name was she replied Rapunzel. The prince heard the sorceress say Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair. So he waited until she left and he did the same. They ran away together and live happily ever after.

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I like the book it talks about falling in love at first site. It bring a life lesson of be careful for what wish for because you might just get it. The book is telling kids that being alone all the time is not a good, everyone needs a friend sometime. If you get caught taking something that is not yours, you will a heavy price one way or another.

Classroom Extension Ideas:

1.Teachers/aid explain the consequences of taking something that doesn’t belong to you.

2.If you work together as a team then everyone will win in the end. ( )
  cedric_edwards | Sep 16, 2016 |
This book has very gorgeous pictures throughout it, truly brings out the Renaissance Era. It is not one of my favorite fairytales, but has a good story that love conquers all. ( )
  caitlinpw | Sep 13, 2016 |
Good book. It was slightly different than the original versions and the movie.
  MicahGrizzle | Sep 12, 2016 |
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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.
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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[Zelinsky Edition]
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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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