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Rapunzel
     

Rapunzel

by Carol Heyer
 

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"Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair!" calls the witch to the beautiful girl imprisoned in her tower, and Rapunzel lowers her long, golden braid for the witch to climb. One day they are watched bay a prince who has heard Rapunzel's lovely voice singing out across the countryside. Enchanted by it, he decides to try calling to her, too. But when Rapunzel lets down

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"Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair!" calls the witch to the beautiful girl imprisoned in her tower, and Rapunzel lowers her long, golden braid for the witch to climb. One day they are watched bay a prince who has heard Rapunzel's lovely voice singing out across the countryside. Enchanted by it, he decides to try calling to her, too. But when Rapunzel lets down her hair for the prince, it leads to grave danger and deep tragedy that only true love can overcome. Dorothée Duntze's elegant, imaginative illustrations capture all the wonder and romance of this beloved Grimm tale.

Author Biography: Dorothée Duntze was born in Reims, France. She studied art at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Reims and the Ecole des Arts Décoratifs in Strasbourg. Among the other books she has illustrated for North-South are The Emperor's New Clothes, The Princess and the Pea, and Hansel and Gretel.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A condensed, almost studiously faithful version of the Grimm folktale forms the text for this flawed picture book--though this retelling significantly omits the twins Rapunzel first gives birth to. Heyer ( Excalibur ; Beauty and the Beast ) sets idealized but stiff figures in a variety of conventional if lushly colored settings, adding little drama to the formal, somewhat affected text. With their stylish coiffures and made-up faces, her contemporary figures could be straight from the pages of a romance magazine--much of the clothing lacks true period detail. The result is simply mundane. Ages 5-8. (Sept.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
Radiant tempura and pastel paintings evoke the deep emotions of the story: tenderness, loneliness, terror and joy. This retelling of the story is simple enough to be read by beginners, yet is faithful to the original story. A must for every folklore and fairy tale reader.
Children's Literature - Judy Katsh
A rather ordinary retelling of the well-known tale of love hidden away, lost, and found gets luscious treatment from illustrator Maja Dusikova. Soft watercolor landscapes colored in sympathetic harmony with the action rescue this book from its plainness and make it enjoyable to snuggle up with. The only other things you'd need would be a comfy adult co-reader and the glow of a warm fire.
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-- More succinct and effective than Rowland's discursive Rapunzel (Calico Bks, 1989), Ehrlich's version preserves the essence of the tale (while omitting the illegitimate twins and a retributive fate for the witch). Events are somewhat telescoped (the father is caught on the second night, and Rapunzel agrees to marry the prince on his first visit), but what is lost in suspense is gained in pace. In Waldherr's clear, soft, colored-pencil drawings, blues and greens set off Rapunzel's red-gold tresses. The witch is such a slender and attractive senior that her traditionally evil behavior is rather a shock. The layout is notable: each vignette is edged by either a landscape or a floral design linked to the story. Unlike the dark and crowded borders in Rogasky's Rapunzel (Holiday, 1987), illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman, Waldherr's light-filled frames alternately focus in and open out the narrative. Her romantic style is reminiscent of the Pre-Raphaelites--even, unfortunately, down to the occassional awkwardness in anatomy and pose. --Patricia Dooley, University of Washington, Seattle
Book Review Digest
European illustrator Dusikova interprets the familiar fairy tale with dreamy, dark watercolors. Observed by cats, butterflies, and birds, Rapunzel, the witch, and the king's son play out the story. Unfortunately, the second page of text, set against a charcoal background, is difficult to read. Predictably, the witch has a long nose, Rapunzel is demure and blond, and the prince is boyishly handsome. Dusikova's forte is her exquisite, misty landscape art. ...Bell's translation is for the most part, faithful to the traditional story. Only the twins have been removed, perhaps to suit the sensibilities of those opposed to unwed motherhood.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780824985851
Publisher:
Ideals Publications
Publication date:
09/01/1992
Series:
Creative's Collection of Fairy Tales
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
9.39(w) x 11.33(h) x 0.38(d)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

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