Really, Rapunzel Needed a Haircut!: The Story of Rapunzel as Told by Dame Gothel

Really, Rapunzel Needed a Haircut!: The Story of Rapunzel as Told by Dame Gothel

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by Jessica Gunderson, Denis Alonso
     
 

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OF COURSE you think I was a horrible old witch, locking fair haired Rapunzel in that tall, tall tower. You don't know the other side of the story. Well, let me tell you.This fractured fairy tale provides a fresh perspective on a well-known tale.

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OF COURSE you think I was a horrible old witch, locking fair haired Rapunzel in that tall, tall tower. You don't know the other side of the story. Well, let me tell you.This fractured fairy tale provides a fresh perspective on a well-known tale.

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Children's Literature - Elizabeth Fronk
Frau Gothel, the villain in most Rapunzel stories, tells her side in this cartoon-like picture book. Frau Gothel describes her wonderful garden, particularly the radishes. One day, a neighbor tries to take some radishes; Frau Gothel suggests a trade. The neighbor offers his baby and Frau agrees. Frau raises the baby Rapunzel and Rapunzel adores eating radishes. As Rapunzel grows up, the neighbors want her long lush hair. To protect Rapunzel, Frau Gothel safely hides her in a tower. Rapunzel grows lonely; Frau Gothel brings mirrors to help ease the loneliness. When she returns, Rapunzel mentions her visits from a prince. Frau Gothel becomes angry and cuts Rapunzel’s hair. The story ends rather abruptly in spite of the prince falling on thorny bushes and Frau Gothel getting stuck in the tower. Fairy tales offer a wonderful starting place to add unexpected or clever twists. This retelling may offer a contrast and comparison with other versions, such as Paul Zelinsky’s award-winning one. However, Frau Gothel’s view does not gain her more sympathy; rather an alternative perspective. The cartoon-like illustrations and this alternative perspective might encourage second or third grade readers or their teachers to read it. Reviewer: Elizabeth Fronk; Ages 5 to 8.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781479519507
Publisher:
Capstone Press
Publication date:
08/01/2013
Series:
Other Side of the Story Series
Pages:
24
Sales rank:
214,026
Product dimensions:
7.60(w) x 9.80(h) x 1.70(d)
Lexile:
480L (what's this?)
Age Range:
4 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Jessica Gunderson grew up in the small town of Washburn, North Dakota. She has a bachelor’s degree from the University of North Dakota and an MFA in Creative Writing from Minnesota State University, Mankato. She has written more than fifty books for young readers. Her book Ropes of Revolution won the 2008 Moonbeam Award for best graphic novel. She currently lives in Madison, Wisconsin, with her husband and cat.

Denis Alonso was born in São Paulo, Brazil. When he was a kid, drawing was his favorite thing to do. With the support of his parents, he was able to improve his skills to become an illustrator.

He graduated in design at Faculdade de Belas Artes de São Paulo, and worked with clients as Discovery Kids, MtvBrazil, Montegrappa, Unilever, Santillana Group, Editora Abril and many others.

He lives with his wife and dog, Mr. Spock, in São Paulo. When he is not drawing he likes to practice boxing or cook with his wife.

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Really, Rapunzel Needed a Haircut!: The Story of Rapunzel, as Told by Dame Gothel 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Bought this book for my grandchildren, they loved it!