Rapunzel

Rapunzel

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Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky, Brothers Grimm

Award winning author/adapter/illustrator Paul O. Zelinsky's Caldecott Medal Winning book! Perfect for readers of all fairy tales.

"A breathtaking interpretation gives the fairy tale new art-historical roots, with illustrations that daringly-and effectively-mimic the masters of Italian Renaissance painting."—Publishers Weekly

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)

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780142301937
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 10/28/2002
Pages: 48
Sales rank: 225,625
Product dimensions: 9.06(w) x 12.00(h) x 0.14(d)
Lexile: AD700L (what's this?)
Age Range: 5 - 8 Years

About the Author

Jacob Ludwig Karl, the elder of the brothers Grimm, was born in 1785, andWilhelm Karl in the following year. They both studied at Marburg, and from 1808 to 1829 mainly worked in Kassel as state-appointed librarians, Jacob also assisting in diplomatic missions between 1813 and 1815 and again in 1848. Both brothers had been professors at Göttingen for several years when in 1837 they became two of the seven leading Göttingen academics dismissed from their posts by the new King of Hanover for their liberal political views. In 1840 they were invited by Frederick William IV of Prussia to settle in Berlin as members of the Academy of Sciences, and here they remained until their deaths (Wilhelm died in 1859 and Jacob in 1863).

Paul Zelinsky was born in Evanston, Illinois. He attended Yale University, where he took a course with Maurice Sendak, which later inspired him to pursue a career in children's books. Afterwards he received a graduate degree in painting from Tyler School of Art, in Philadelphia and Rome. Paul Zelinsky lives in New York with his wife, Deborah, and the younger of their two daughters.

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Rapunzel (Turtleback School & Library Binding Edition) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 26 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love the pictures, they are really good, they remind me of Italy. I love the story.
MJFan01 6 months ago
I love this book is beautiful
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I-Got-Seoul More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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Cara94 More than 1 year ago
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 :)
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This books theme is about a young girl in a age-old fair tale. The girl¿s mother named her Rapunzel after an herb that she could not eat from the garden in the backyard. Rapunzel is a rare beauty with pale skin and flowing red-gold hair, but one day the sorceress led her to the forest to live in a high tower. He left here in the column and when the sorceress wanted to come up she shout out, ¿Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair.¿ He would climb up and them one day a king¿s son cam riding through the woods and hears her singing and likes her. So the king¿s son falls in love and climbs up her hair just like everyone else. The sorceress finds out and cuts off Rapunzel¿s hair so the man can not reach her. What do you think is going to happen? Will the two ever get to get together in the end? The book is a wonderful story about love and happiness and every child would enjoy. The genre of this book is a picture book and the author Paul O. Zelinsky is was born in Evanston, Illinois were he attended Yale University and took a course with Maurice Sendak, which later inspired him to pursue a career in children's books. He was awarded the Caldecott Medal for his book Rapunzel in 1998.