Rapunzel: Based on the Original Story by the Brothers Grimm

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Beautiful Rapunzel is locked away in a tall, tall tower, visited only by the little creatures of the forest and the witch who has imprisoned her. Until one day a handsome prince, passing by on his horse, is transfixed by the magical sound of Rapunzel singing to her animals friends and knows he must reach her... Can true love transform Rapunzel's life forever?
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Overview


Beautiful Rapunzel is locked away in a tall, tall tower, visited only by the little creatures of the forest and the witch who has imprisoned her. Until one day a handsome prince, passing by on his horse, is transfixed by the magical sound of Rapunzel singing to her animals friends and knows he must reach her... Can true love transform Rapunzel's life forever?
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
This retelling of the Grimm Brothers' fairy tale hews closely to the original— including the scary part about the prince being blinded in his fall from the tower and the couple's tearful reunion: "Rapunzel was horrified to see how badly hurt he was and she wept to see his poor eyes." British illustrator Gibb's retro-style artwork observes sentimental convention, too. Romantics will thrill to the flowers woven through Rapunzel's blond tresses, the delicate greenery hanging from her aerie, and the intricate, silhouetted details of the fixtures in cutaway views of various dwellings. Rapunzel (whose dimensions are those of a fashion model) wanders through the forest like Disney's Snow White, dressed in gauzy pink garments and surrounded by deer, birds, and rabbits. The story does make a shift in emphasis that young readers will appreciate, pointing up the help given to the runaway couple by the forest animals, weaving them into Rapunzel's happily-ever- after with the prince: "very now and then they would slip away... to spend a sunny afternoon with the forest creatures—friends they would never forget." An unapologetically frilly diversion. All ages. (May)
School Library Journal
K-Gr 3—The appeal of Gibb's version of the classic tale, in a post-Tangled movie world, is in its whimsical collage illustrations. Much of the action is in black silhouette with dramatic accent hues and only a few scenes in brilliant full color. The pages are full of elaborately detailed illustrations, pink flowers in Rapunzel's long blond tresses, the prince's laced tunic, and the small animals creeping along the pages. The story is fairly simple and sticks to the story except in this case, Rapunzel's mother eats "salad" throughout her pregnancy. Children will enjoy looking at the intricate details as they listen to this time-worn classic.—Carrie Rogers-Whitehead, Kearns Library, UT
Kirkus Reviews

This gorgeous offering is a retelling of the Brothers Grimm story with intricate illustrations taking center stage.

Reminiscent of elaborate embroidery or tapestries, the pictures create and sustain the tale's magical atmosphere. Particularly arresting are the nighttime scenes, the first of which shows the husband sneaking into the witch's enchanted garden in search of the plants that will cure his ailing wife; it is rendered in hues of purple and blue, with black silhouettes popping out in stark contrast. The size and layout, as well as the color, of the illustrations vary according to the action and mood of the story. For instance, one remarkable page is divided horizontally into four panels; the stunning series of images in silhouette on pastel backgrounds depicts the action described in prose on the facing page in the manner of a graphic novel. A few pages later, an entire two-page spread is devoted to an illustration of the prince riding through the forest with Rapunzel's tower in the background. In this instance, natural colors dominate, forming a lush background for the prince and his horse, which are rendered in exquisite detail.

Children and adults alike will be spellbound, poring over the pages again and again, delighting each time in new details and discoveries.(Fairy tale. 6-11)

Pamela Paul
What sets Gibb's Rapunzel apart are the striking pictures, with their delicate detail and curlicued flourishes. Most are rendered in dramatic silhouette, with a limited palette, but are no less lush than the book's vibrant full-color spreads.
—The New York Times
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780807568040
  • Publisher: Whitman, Albert & Company
  • Publication date: 3/1/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 513,029
  • Age range: 5 - 10 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.50 (w) x 11.50 (h) x 0.50 (d)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 25, 2003

    Good translation of the old tale

    I read this book for a class I took called 'Children's Books and Censorship' and I thought it was beautifully done! The pictures are in soft watercolors and provide good context with the story. I would recommend this book for children ages 5-8.

    13 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2011

    it`s a beauty

    That's what I was looking for! Amazing!

    9 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 15, 2011

    Simalar to the other version I read.

    Rapunzel looks pretty with long hair.

    8 out of 12 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 25, 2011

    golden hair

    love the style of the app!)

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2011

    girlish

    it`s a NAUGHTY girlish app, my daughter is just fond of this hairy girl!

    6 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 26, 2011

    r

    cool story and prof done and designed app

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2012

    Confused

    I purchased this based on the customer reviews--talking about the beautiful pictures and the good writing, etc. It only has FOUR (yes, 4) pages, no title page, and ZERO (yes, 0) pictures! BN has apparently put the wrong reviews with this book. Buy it if you only want the quick, short version.

    2 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 27, 2011

    golden

    it` a golden collection of my books.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 29, 2013

    Hi love it here!

    Amasing brovo awesome

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 30, 2012

    Confused

    My review of the book by Jacob Grimm was posted to this book--being only four pages and no pictures. BN needs to get their "reviews" reviewed!

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 30, 2012

    Love it

    Love it always read it during my free time at school : )

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 21, 2013

    To:"Confused"

    The original story was two pages long so this would be the longer version

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 17, 2013

    It's good,a breth taking beautiful twist retelling the real story.

    It seems all the rate reviews i'v read are saying they love the book,and i love it to.So i guess i will put it in my top ten books list.I would recomend for girls ages 8-12 would like it.It is just beautiful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2013

    Books rule

    Amazing loved it!!!!!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 6, 2012

    Took me away

    I felt like i was there! GREAT twist! Loved it, and you should buy it;)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 17, 2012

    Tgere are no illistrations!

    H

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 10, 2012

    Too morbid for 3-5 year olds

    Not made for small children

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2012

    Loooooooooooove it

    Great book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 1, 2012

    Goody

    It ok

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 7, 2012

    Good

    Asesome

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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