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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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Genre: Fairytale
Age: Kinder-5th
Summary: This is the classic fairytale of Rapunzel. Along with the classic story there are beautiful illustrations.
  ecarlson2014 | Nov 21, 2015 |
The retold fairy tale of "Rapunzel" by Paul O. Zelinsky is a remarkable work of art. His uses of illustrations were woven together so beautifully, by the incredible detail, superb use of lighting, and the rich oil colors he uses. The sceneries in the book are a lovely sight and truly bring the book to life. His illustrations were clearly made with the intent of portraying an Italian Renaissance appearance. The architecture of the tower which Rupunzel is placed in by the sorceress, as well as the dress of the characters also compliments this look. The book teaches a lessons about the qualities of character such as Rapunzel's pure and kind heart, which she is rewarded for in the end, as she lives happily ever after with her twin babies and her handsome prince. It also gives into the classic view point that nothing can come between true love, and that good always prevails in the end. ( )
  JenniferNavarrete | Nov 3, 2015 |
This book is about a girl named Rapunzel and the life of her as a princess. I recommend this book to young girls, because it is a love story. I think that it teaches a lesson on love and what love is. ( )
  mclaire123 | Oct 21, 2015 |
34 months - we really enjoyed this version of the story and the renaissance inspired illustrations. ( )
  maddiemoof | Oct 20, 2015 |
I had mixed feelings about this book after reading it. I liked the book because the illustrations enhance the story. In my opinion, the illustrations not only fit the style of the book, but they also are appropriate to the mood of the story. The illustrations really were the best part of the story. An example of this can be found on the page following the text that explains how "when the sorceress wished to enter she stood below the window and called 'Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair." The illustrator really depicted this scene very clearly. But I didn't like this book because writing was not as descriptive as I could have been nor was it as clear. An example of this would be "after a year of wandering in such misery, he came into the same wilderness where Rapunzel was living with her children." The big idea of the story centers around love and determination. Rapunzel defies her mother for the one she loves. The language does sound like it is being "told" and not read.
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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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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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