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Surely among the most original and gifted of children s book illustrators, Paul O Zelinsky has once again with unmatched emotional authority, control of space, and narrativecapability brought forth a unique vision for an age old tale Few artists at work today can touch the level at which his paintings tell a story and exert their hold.Zelinsky s retelling of Rapunzel reaches back beyond the Grimms to a late seventeenth century French tale by Mlle la Force, who based hers on the Neapolitan tale Petrosinella in a collection popular at the time The artist understands the story s fundamentals to be about possessiveness, confinement, and separation, rather than about punishment and deprivation Thus the tower the sorceress gives Rapunzel here is not a desolate, barren structure of denial but one of esoteric beauty on the outside and physical luxury within And the world the artist creates through the elements in his paintings the palette, control of light, landscape, characters, architecture,interiors, costumes speaks to us not of an ugly witch who cruelly imprisons a beautiful young girl, but of a mother figure who powerfully resists her child s inevitable growth, and of a young woman and man who must struggle in the wilderness for the self reliance that is the true beginningof their adulthood.As ever, and yet always somehow in newly arresting fashion, Paul O Zelinsky s work thrillingly shows us the events of the story while guiding us beyond them to the truths that have made it endure....

Title : Rapunzel (Caldecott Honor Book)
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ISBN : 0525456074
Format Type : Hardcover
Language : English
Publisher : Dutton Books for Young Readers 1 edition October 1, 1997
Number of Pages : 48 pages
File Size : 781 KB
Status : Available For Download
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Rapunzel (Caldecott Honor Book) Reviews

  • D. Vincent
    2019-02-07 22:52

    The art in this book is simply beautiful, very stylized as you can see from the cover, and intricate. The story follows the classic story of Rapunzel. I bought it as a part of a series of purchases of beautifully illustrated children's books to read to my highly verbal 3 1/2 year old. The story is the perfect length, but the some of the pictures are capturing such drama that it's really a bit too much. For example, when the old witch swoops down on the young husband, her face is really rather scary. Which of course makes sense, but not for a sensitive child. Also, the story doesn't shy away from the original where the prince who climbs up actually really terrifies Rapunzel, who has never seen a man before. Again, the illustration shows her terror, and I didn't really want to try to explain it to my child. So, yes, it's a beautiful book and very "classic" as it follows the story, but too intense for younger readers.

  • Shanna A. Gonzalez
    2019-02-06 21:52

    Paul Zelinsky has brought the traditional Rapunzel, popularized by the Brothers Grimm, to life in gorgeous oil paintings. His writing is careful and gripping, and his stylized visual interpretation of the story is stunningly beautiful. The evil of the witch, the despair of bereaved parents, the innocence of the shut-up girl, and the new love of the young married couple all help to communicate the complex emotional themes of this timeless story.

  • lovemylibrary
    2019-01-30 20:45

    Great version of this well-loved folktale. Award-winning illustrations.

  • Maria Lynn
    2019-02-02 18:44

    When our daughter was young she frequently took this book out the library. The illustrations are so beautiful that she was happen to find it available now that she is an adult.

  • Sarah Seifert
    2019-02-09 00:04

    I bought this for Christmas for my 4yo and she absolutely loves this book. This is an often-requested book in our house and I don't mind reading it over and over. The pictures are gorgeous and who doesn't love a classic fairy tale? My favorite part about this story, however, is that the girl saves the prince in the end. Girl power!

  • nlw17
    2019-01-30 17:56

    This is a favorite story perfect for reading aloud. The illustrations are finelydetailed and are absolutely beautiful.

  • Valkyrie31
    2019-02-10 17:07

    It can be hard to find fairy tales for young children that haven't been put through the Disney machine and altered beyond recognition; the authentic versions are often old and lack colorful illustrations. Paul O. Zelinsky's "Rapunzel" is absolutely gorgeous, and stays true to the original story. This does lead to one awkward moment, however, when Rapunzel's dress is no longer fitting properly and her wicked stepmother realizes that she has been spending time with a man. My 7-year-old son was lost, obviously not able to make the connection between the prince's visits and Rapunzel's expanding waistline! Most kids will need it explained that Rapunzel is going to have a baby. Other than that small hiccup, this book is a beautiful way to share the authentic story of Rapunzel with young children. A book that should be in every child's bookshelf.

    2019-02-03 21:58

    Beautiful book for the adults to read to the little ones in their lives. Nice to see a real hard cover book. Pricey but that's the going price for a "real book".