Rapunzel

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Trapped in a tower with no door, Rapunzel is allowed to see no one but the sorceress who has imprisoned her-until the day a young prince hears her singing to the forest birds. . . . The timeless tale of Rapunzel is vividly and magnificently brought to life through Paul O. Zelinsky's powerful sense of narrative and his stunning oil paintings.

"Simply put, this is a gorgeous book; it demonstrates respect for the traditions of painting and the fairy tale while at the same time ...

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Overview

Trapped in a tower with no door, Rapunzel is allowed to see no one but the sorceress who has imprisoned her-until the day a young prince hears her singing to the forest birds. . . . The timeless tale of Rapunzel is vividly and magnificently brought to life through Paul O. Zelinsky's powerful sense of narrative and his stunning oil paintings.

"Simply put, this is a gorgeous book; it demonstrates respect for the traditions of painting and the fairy tale while at the same time adhering to a singular, wholly original, artistic vision." (The Horn Book, starred review)

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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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
As with her artwork for The Emperor's New Clothes, Duntze's fanciful illustrations add enchanting new dimensions to this well-loved tale. A wordless spread of the witch's glorious garden makes manifest the compulsion by her pregnant neighbor to secure its contents-though she will come to rue the price (her baby, Rapunzel). The witch, meanwhile, looks human from the waist up, with beefy bare arms and white hair pulled back in unusual buns, but her dress is fashioned from large cabbage leaves, home to slugs, snails and a frog, and partly concealing long, snake-like tentacles. Duntze plays with dimensions to create a sense of fairyland enchantment. Huge human teeth crown the walls around the witch's garden, while inside (obscured from the neighbors' view), dandelion weeds loom large. Layers of gold and rust-colored carpets give Rapunzel's lonely tower cell a cozy feel, as do the yellow pear on which she sits, the enormous snail that serves as her bed, and the stuffed animals that keep her company. The bleak wilderness into which the witch banishes Rapunzel (after learning of the prince's visits) markedly contrasts with the opulence of previous settings, emphasizing the witch's cruelty. In the final scene, the prince returns with Rapunzel and their children to his kingdom, which Duntze portrays as a formal garden set under towering strawberry plants, bringing the visual theme full circle. The arresting art abounds with sensuality and charm, making this version a welcome reimagining of a classic tale. Ages 4-up. (Sept.) Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Zelinsky (Swamp Angel) does a star turn with this breathtaking interpretation of a favorite fairy tale. Daringlyand effectivelymimicking the masters of Italian Renaissance painting, he creates a primarily Tuscan setting. His Rapunzel, for example, seems a relative of Botticelli's immortal red-haired beauties, while her tower appears an only partially fantastic exaggeration of a Florentine bell tower. For the most part, his bold experiment brilliantly succeeds: the almost otherworldly golden light with which he bathes his paintings has the effect of consecrating them, elevating them to a grandeur befitting their adoptive art-historical roots. If at times his compositions and their references to specific works seem a bit self-conscious, these cavils are easily outweighed by his overall achievement. The text, like the art, has a rare complexity, treating Rapunzel's imprisonment as her sorceress-adopted mother's attempt to preserve her from the effects of an awakening sexuality. Again like the art, this strategy may resonate best with mature readers. Young children may be at a loss, for example, when faced with the typically well-wrought but elliptical passage in which the sorceress discovers Rapunzel's liaisons with the prince when the girl asks for help fastening her dress (as her true mother did at the story's start): " `It is growing so tight around my waist, it doesn't want to fit me anymore.' Instantly the sorceress understood what Rapunzel did not." On the other hand, with his sophisticated treatment, Zelinsky demonstrates a point established in his unusually complete source notes: that timeless tales like Rapunzel belong to adults as well as children. Ages 5-up. (Oct.)
Children's Literature - Marilyn Courtot
The cover of this book is so beautiful that you can almost feel the texture of Rapunzel's golden tresses as she gazes into the distance from her isolated tower. This variant on the story is immensely satisfying, and the lengthy author's note provides a provenance and rationale for Zelinsky's retelling. The magnificent oils transport readers to the Italian countryside. The fabrics, skin textures, hair, and the detailed interiors are exquisitely rendered. Zelinsky will certainly have his wish to inspire readers to seek out more Renaissance art fulfilled. Readers cannot help but want to see more art like that which he has created. Caldecott Medal winner.
Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
Zelinsky is both the illustrator and reteller of this fairy tale, which was the recipient of the Caldecott Medal. His Renaissance portrayal of the story glows with a richness of detailing and lighting that show a close study of the old masters. His psychological perspectives are also fascinating. In this version, the witch is a sorceress who creates a tower "narrow on the outside, but on the inside it was large with many elegant rooms," a place to keep Rapunzel safe. But when a prince discovers her, the astonished Rapunzel "felt a happiness she had never known." They hold a marriage ceremony alone in the tower and soon thereafter, Rapunzel is surprised, as her dress grows tight around the waist. The distraught sorceress cries "I thought I had kept you safe, away from the whole world, but you have betrayed me!" She becomes a sympathetic character, transforming the tale into the archetypal struggle of a parent who can no longer prevent a child's unavoidable growing up. This book may wind up on banned book lists. Most of us will allow that there was a marriage of sorts, but I suspect it won't satisfy those of rigid morality. I applaud the selection committee, not only for choosing a book whose art shines in text, illustration, and thoughtfulness, but who considered art before public opinion.
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
K-Gr 4-Humorous illustrations attempt to transform this rather serious fairy tale into a lighthearted romp that spares children its disturbing chill and darkness. Duntze's playful watercolors are filled with fantastical elements like oversize fruit, clothing made from cabbage leaves, and a bed atop a huge snail. The witch's countenance never gets scarier than that of a loving but stern grandparent. The illustrations also contain a mixture of details that span different time periods and cultures: for example, the husband wears golf shoes; the wife is seen leaning out the window, thus exposing her multiple petticoats; and the prince wears buckled shoes that evoke Puritan times. Multihued rugs and swirling curtains in the tower suggest the Middle East. The scene in which the prince finds Rapunzel and their children has subdued colors and an austerity that is almost biblical. Regrettably, there are no source or author notes. Stick with Paul O. Zelinsky's award-winning Rapunzel (Dutton, 1997), which uses dramatic images to express powerful emotions and depicts one specific era in rich detail.-Kirsten Cutler, Sonoma Library, CA Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.
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.
Kirkus Reviews
Exquisite paintings in late Italian Renaissance style illumine this hybrid version of a classic tale.

As Zelinsky (The Wheels on the Bus, 1990, etc.) explains in a long source note, the story's Italian oral progenitor went through a series of literary revisions and translations before the Brothers Grimm published their own take; he draws on many of these to create a formal, spare text that is more about the undercurrents between characters than crime and punishment. Feeling "her dress growing tight around her waist" a woman conceives the desire for an herb from the neighboring garden—rendered in fine detail with low clipped hedges, elaborate statuary and even a wandering pangolin—that causes her to lose her child to a witch. Ensconced for years in a tower, young Rapunzel meets the prince, "marries" him immediately, is cast into the wilderness when her own dress begins to tighten, gives birth to twins, and cures her husband's blindness with her tears at their long-awaited reunion. Suffused with golden light, Zelinsky's landscapes and indoor scenes are grandly evocative, composed and executed with superb technical and emotional command. (Picture book/folklore. 8-10) Exquisite paintings in late Italian Renaissance style illumine this hybrid version of a classic tale.

As Zelinsky (The Wheels on the Bus, 1990, etc.) explains in a long source note, the story's Italian oral progenitor went through a series of literary revisions and translations before the Brothers Grimm published their own take; he draws on many of these to create a formal, spare text that is more about the undercurrents between characters than crime and punishment. Feeling "her dress growing tight around her waist" a woman conceives the desire for an herb from the neighboring garden—rendered in fine detail with low clipped hedges, elaborate statuary and even a wandering pangolin—that causes her to lose her child to a witch. Ensconced for years in a tower, young Rapunzel meets the prince, "marries" him immediately, is cast into the wilderness when her own dress begins to tighten, gives birth to twins, and cures her husband's blindness with her tears at their long-awaited reunion. Suffused with golden light, Zelinsky's landscapes and indoor scenes are grandly evocative, composed and executed with superb technical and emotional command. (Picture book/fol

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142301937
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 10/28/2002
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 86,079
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.00 (w) x 12.00 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author

After studying at Marburg, Jacob became a clerk in the War Office at Kassel, and in 1808 librarian to Jerome Bonaparte, King of Westphalia. In 1841 he received Professorship at Berlin, and in 1854 began work on Deutsches Worterbuch with his brother.

Dorothee Duntze was born in Reims, France. She studied art at the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Reims and the Ecole des Arts Decoratifs 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.

Anthea Bell (translator) is the recipient of the Schlegel Tieck Prize for translation from German, the Independent Foreign Fiction Prize, and the Helen and Kurt Wolff Prize in 2002 for the translation of W. G. Sebald's "Austerlitz", and the 2003 Austrian State Prize for Literary Translation. She lives in Cambridge, England.

Wilhelm Grimm and his brother Jacob are famous for their classical collection of folk songs and folktales, especially for Children's and Household Tales, generally known as Grimm's Fairy Tales.

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Table of Contents

Trapped in a tower with no door, Rapunzel is allowed to see no one but the sorceress who has imprisoned her-until the day a young prince hears her singing to the forest birds. . . . The timeless tale of Rapunzel is vividly and magnificently brought to life through Paul O. Zelinsky's powerful sense of narrative and his stunning oil paintings.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2007

    Rapunzel

    Long ago, a man and a woman realized that they were going to have a baby. A sorcerer owned a beautiful garden outside the woman¿s window with rare fruits and herbs. She began to get such a craving for rapunzel that she thought she was going to die. Her husband did not want her to die so he snuck into the garden to get her rapunzel. The second time he was caught by the sorcerer and she was not happy. She said he could only have the rapunzel if she could have the child when it is born. He didn¿t want his wife to die so he said okay. When the child was born the sorcerer came to get her and named her Rapunzel. ¿The sorceress cared for the baby, seeing to her every need.¿ Rapunzel grew up to be a beautiful girl with ¿flowing red-gold hair.¿ At twelve years old the sorceress put her in a tower in the middle of the forest to live. The tower didn¿t have any doors or windows except one at the very top. The sorceress would come to the tower and say, ¿Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair¿ then climb up the tower. One day a prince went by the tower and heard Rapunzel singing. He wanted to see her but couldn¿t find a way in the tower. The prince kept returning and one day learned how to get in the tower. When the sorceress was gone he called to Rapunzel, ¿Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair¿ and climbed up the tower. He immediately fell in love and wanted to marry her. So they did. When the sorceress found out that Rapunzel¿s dress was tight on her waist, she knew she had been seeing someone. The sorceress cut Rapunzel¿s hair and sent her away to a ¿wild country¿ to live alone. Not long after Rapunzel gave birth to twins, a boy and a girl. Will Rapunzel¿s prince ever find her? How will she ever raise the two children alone? Read to find out what happens to Rapunzel and her children. Paul O. Zelinsky retells this Grimm tale very well. His pictures are wonderful and give a great visual as to what is going on in the story. He has won a Caldecott medal for this book, Rapunzel, and Caldecott Honor Medals for Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, and Swamp Angel. He has not only illustrated for his own writings, but also Beverly Cleary, Carl Sandburg, and is the creator of the beloved Wheels on the Bus. Zelinsky, Paul. Rapunzel. New York: Dutton, 1998.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 8, 2009

    I Love It!!!

    When I was in Hawaii, at the library, this book was there. I was curious about it, so I read it. It turned out to be a great read! I loved it, but after I came back to the states, I could never find it here, at any library, or any bookstore, ect... But I saw it on here, and HAD TO HAVE IT!!! IT IS AWSOME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 6, 2005

    A beautiful book...

    Our six year old son returned home from school after hearing his Principal read this book aloud, and retold the story at the dinner table. He retold it again the next morning, exclaiming 'It's a beautiful beautiful book and the pictures are amazing. You're gonna love it! I love books about love and falling in love.' Inspired by his review, I investigated to find out the author of this version of Rapunzel and purchased a copy for our home library. It's certainly refreshing to have a child's reaction to literature be so aesthetic and positive.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 30, 2003

    Beautiful

    I love the pictures, they are really good, they remind me of Italy. I love the story.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 26, 2010

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    An eye for beauty

    Rapunzel is a fairy tale that has been told numerous times on numerous occasions, but Zelinsky's artwork makes this book unique. This story is a personal favorite of mine, and I was appreciative of artful depictions in this particular version. The paintings give the characters and the setting a realistic edge that goes beyond the details of "once upon and time" and "happily ever after". Paul Zelinsky's art form can be found in not only his own books, but in those of other authors and I, for one, can see why. I look forward to perusing other books that have similar details as that of Mr. Zelinsky.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2010

    Classic Fairytale, beautiful renaissance pictures

    Zelinsky does a great job of retelling this classic fairytale, although parents of young children should be aware that this version isn't as simple as many versions, and contains Rapunzel's pregnancy, which may cause some questions for young listeners.
    It is the truely awesome paintings that set this book apart from other tellings of this tale. The pictures are rich detailed paintings that bring to mind the beautiful paintings of the renaissance age and bring the story to life for readers of all ages.
    I also enjoyed Zelinsky's explaination at the end of some of the folk stories that are related to the Repunzel tale.

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  • Posted January 25, 2009

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    Loved this when I was younger!

    I read this so often, not only for the story, but the illustrations are just beautiful. I'm actually thinking of becoming an illustrator for books, because of this book. Again as i said, this is the best illustrated book I have ever seen! Probably why i grew up so artistic haha love it :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2008

    Loved This Book

    This book seriously defined my childhood. I read it about twice a week for YEARS! The illustrations in this book are beautiful, and the story is a fairy tail everybody knows and loves.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2007

    Rapunzel

    Paul Zelinsky, creator of Wheels On The Bus, won the Caldecott medal in 1998 for his illustrations in a rewrite of the Brothers Grimm tale Rapunzel. Zelinsky has drawn pictures since he was a young child. He did not decide to pursue a career in the field until his college years. His first book was published in 1978. He now lives in Brooklyn N.Y. with his wife and two daughters. He has also received three Caldecott honors. In the book Rapunzel he chose to draw the pictures with an Old Italian feel to it. He took the classic story and put a new twist on it. The pictures are vibrant and colorful. The pages almost come alive when you look at them. This book is brilliantly illustrated and defiantly deserves the award that has been bestowed upon it. Zelinsky, Paul O. Rapunzel. New York: Crowell, 1975. Reading Level 4.6

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 1, 2007

    Rapunzel

    This book is about a beautiful girl who is been kept imprisoned in a lonely tower. There are no doors and one window at the very top of the tower. All that she can see is the trees and the people who were keeping her. The would tell her to let her hair down and climb up, so one day a prince came by and called to her to let her hair down, she did but you will have to read the book to find out what happened. This book has gorgeous pictures to look at and imagine you there in her shoes. Zelinsky, Paul. Rapunzel. New York: Dutton, 1998.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 5, 2007

    Wonderful adaptation of a much loved favorite.

    Rapunzel, by Paol O. Zelinsky was awesome. It is easy to see why three of his other books were selected as Caldecott honor books.The pictures were beautiful. I felt as if I were inside the fairy tale. The story begins with a man and woman who had no children learning that they are finally going to have a baby. The woman begins to wildly crave the rapunzel in an old witch's garden she can see from her window. The husband sneaks into the garden and steals the rapunzel only to find that his wife craves it even more, leading to their worst nightmare when the witch discovers him and says, ' how dare you come here to steal my rapunzel, oh it will serve you ill!!' This is a really refreshing retelling of an alltime classic, you will not be disapointed. Zelinsky, Paul O. Rapunzel. New York:Puffin Books, 1997. Reading Level:4.6

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 24, 2006

    A fairy tale that only gets better with time.

    Starting as early as 1634, Repunzal, has been retold in many different versions. Each time, making it more enchanting. Repunzal is a young girl who was taken from her parents after she was born, as punishment for her parents stealing repunzal from the witches garden. The witch takes the girl and locks her in a tall tower with no doors. The only way in his by her long locks of hair. A prince discovers the tower and is captivated by the voice that he hears within the walls. The prince discovers the girl and soon falls in love. When the witch discovers the hidden truth, she soon punishes them both for betraying her. The author wrote, ' In a rage, she seized the braids and coils of Rapunzel's hair and sheared them off. Then she sent the miserable girl to a wild country...' Leaving the Prince to discover his lover's fate and his own. This book is a fine example of how strong love can be. The author, Paul O' Zelinsky, retold and illustrated this timely classic fairy tale. He grew up in Wilmette, Illinois, where he began to draw all the time. While attending Yale College, he enrolled in a course on the history and practice of the picture book. This experience inspired Paul to point himself in the direction of chidren's books. His first book was written in 1978. Paul received the Caldecott Medal in 1998 for Repunzal. Repunzal is one of those books, that never gets old. I have loved this book since I was little. Reading Paul O' Zelinsky's versions, I fell in love with it even more. The illustrations are amazing and colorful. The artwork in this book seem more classical than before. So much emotion is placed on every page, bringing the characters to life. Amazing painting and an amazing story that will never fall short of great. Grade:4th Zelinsky, Paul O'. Repunzal. New York: Puffin Books, 1997.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2006

    Rapunzel the great

    The story of Rapunzel is one that children and adults alike can enjoy. This is a tale of a young princess who becomes trapped in a high tower when she is caputred by a sorceress. The girl grows her hair very long for a prince to climb up the tower and save her but the sorceress cuts her hair off. Can the prince ever save the princess? This story is able to captivate children's attention to the folk stories of long ago. Through this tale, children will be able to understand better the time of castles and dragons. This story would be appropriate for children of third and fourth grade levels. Paul O. Zelinsky has been a Caldecott Honor medalist three times. He lives in New York City and uses oil paintings to enhance all of his stories.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2006

    Genre-Traditional

    Rapunzel is a traditional fairytale that has been passed down for many, many generations. Paul O. Zelinsky's version is wonderful, and the illustrations in the book are beautiful. Zelinsky is from Illinois and attended Yale University. Zelinsky, Paul O. Rapunzel. New York: Puffin, 1997.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2006

    Beautifully Retold Classic with Magnificant Artwork!

    This book is retold and illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky. This classic tale is about a young girl with beautiful long, red hair who is kept in a tower by a sorceress. She meets her prince, but loses him. Can true love win in the end? This book is a wonderful retelling of this story. And Mr. Zelinsky¿s illustrations are breathtaking. In his note at the end of the books he says he considered the story¿s three countries of origin. ¿The formal beauty of Italian Renaissance art seemed to fit well with a tale centered on the beauty of a young girl and a mother figure whose own youth is gone.¿ This book will introduce beautiful art to children and hopefully inspire them an appreciation for reading and art that will last a lifetime. This book is a rare gem. I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 2, 2006

    Rapunzel Review

    This Caldecott Medal Award Winner classic has most certainly earned the award because of the books classical fairy tail illustrations and classical plot. This story is originally from the Grimms fairy tales in which most everyone is familiar with. The illustrations in this picture book contains absolutely flawless oil paintings which immediately catches the eye of the audience. This classic plot is based on a sorceress, whom made a deal with Rapunzel¿s father and eventually took Rapunzel from her natural parents. The sorceress took very good care of Rapunzel. The sorceress eventually locked Rapunzel into a high tower. The only was to get into the tower to Rapunzel, of course, was to call ¿Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair¿. Rapunzel was locked in the tower for years until one day a prince is drawn to her. The age appropriate group for this book is ages four through eight years. The classification of this book would fall into the fantasy genre. The characters of this story are dynamic. The author of this book is Paul O. Zelinsky whom actually retold this story from the Grimms fairy tales. Paul O. Zelinsky has won several awards for his color-enriched illustrations. Retold by: Zelinsky, Paul O. Rapunzel New York: Dutton Children¿s Books, 1997.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2006

    Review for class

    Rapunzel is a timeless fairytale. It is about a couple who thought they would never have a child, until one day the woman announces 'we are going to have a child at last.' Rapunzel ends up being taken by a wicked sorceress, and is locked in a tower. One day Rapunzel saw a prince and 'felt a happiness she had never known.' How did the sorceress get Rapunzel? What happened to her and the prince? You'll have to read the book to find out! Paul O Zelinsky is the author of this book with beautiful oil painting type illustrations. He was born in Illinois and went to Yale University. Zelinsky, Paul O. Rapunzel. New York: Puffin, 1997.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2006

    Rapunzel

    Rapunzel is an enchanting tale of a girl who becomes trapped in a tower. This book received the Caldecott Medal, and it is written and illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky. Zelinsky has been a Caldecott Honor medalist three times. He lives in New York City. He uses oil paintings to enhance the story. A woman and her husband longed to have a child. Finally, she became pregnant. ¿We are going to have a child at last.¿ The wife spotted some rapunzel outside the window and began to develop a longing for this plant. She finally convinces her husband to get her some. One day a sorceress catches her husband getting some of the plant. The sorceress tells the man to either give their child to her or his wife will die. They have the baby, and she is taken by the sorceress. The child grows up with the sorceress. Then, the sorceress locks the girl in a tower with the only way out is a hole at the top. A prince hears her singing one day and convinces Rapunzel to let him up with her hair. They fall in love, and the sorceress finds out. The sorceress cuts off her hair so the man cannot get up to see her. Then, the sorceress sends Rapunzel out into the wild country to live alone, and she gave birth to twins. Just like a regular fairy tale, there is a happy ending. Rapunzel and her prince are reunited. Zelinsky, Paul. Rapunzel. New York: Puffin Books, 1997. Reading level: Kindergarten through third grade

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 26, 2006

    Rapunzel

    Rapunzel is an enchanting tale of a young girl who becomes trapped in a tower. This Caldecott Award Book is written and illustrated by Paul O. Zelinsky. Zelinsky has been a Caldecott Honor medalist three times. His beautiful oil paintings in this book capture the Renaissance setting. There lived a man and no woman who had no children. Finally, she became pregnant. She said to her husband, ¿We are going to have a child at last¿. One day the lady, while sitting by the window, saw an herb, and she began to have a huge craving for this plant. She told her husband, ¿If I cannot eat some of the rapunzel from the garden behind our house, I am going to die¿. The husband finally got into the gate to get to this plant. He went back again the next day, but this time he ran into a sorceress. The sorceress made a bargain with the husband. The bargain was for the man to give this sorceress his child instead of his wife dying. The baby girl was given to the sorceress, and she grew up. When she got somewhat older, the sorceress put the girl in a tall tower with now way to get in or out except through the window at the very top. So for years, the girl lived in the tower alone. One day a prince heard her singing, and stopped. So, she let down her hair and let him up in the tower. They fell in love and married eachother in the tower. The sorceress found out that Rapunzel had been seeing a boy, so she cut Rapunzel¿s hair and sent her to live alone in the wild country. Rapunzel gave birth to twins. The prince went to the tower, and the sorceress tricked him and caused him to not be able to see. After a year, he heard Rapunzel¿s voice. Two of her tears fell into his eyes, and his vision came back. Zelinsky, Paul. Rapunzel. New York: Puffin Books, 1997. Reading level: Kindergarten through Third Grade

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 27, 2006

    great book

    Shawna Wyatt Book Review Rapunzel Authored By: Paul O. Zelinsky Paul Zelinsky puts a new spin on an old Grimm¿s Fairy Tale. Illustrations are excellent. This book would be appropriate for seventh grade and above due to the content. Paul Zelinsky grew up in Wilmette, Illinois. He is the son of a math professor and a medical illustrator. He drew compulsively from a young age, but did not know until college that this would be his profession.

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