Rapunzel by Brothers Grimm
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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.

 

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Paul O. Zelinsky Paul O. Zelinsky was born in Evanston, Illinois and grew up in the suburbs of Chicago. He received his B. A. from Yale and his M. F. A. from the Tyler School of Art, and from there went on to become an award winning illustrator. Zelinsky is the illustrator of three Caldecott Honor books, including "Hansel and Gretel" published in 1985, "Rumpelstiltskin" in 1987, and "Swamp Angel" by Anne Isaacs in 1995. He is the adapter and illustrator of "The Maid and the Mouse and the Odd-shaped House," "The Lion and the Stoat," "The Wheels on the Bus," and the illustrator of a trio of books by Beverly Cleary.
 
Published October 1, 1997 by Dutton Books for Young Readers. 48 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Exquisite paintings in late Italian Renaissance style illumine this hybrid version of a classic tale.

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Filled with digitally collaged illustrations and pages that take advantage of the iPad’s touch and motion features, this app stands out by mostly enhancing, rather than getting in the way of, a good Brothers Grimm story.

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This rendition of Rapunzel hews very closely to the original, a familiar romantic adventure: Rapunzel's father is caught nipping rampion from the witch's garden to satisfy his pregnant wife's craving, and agrees to surrender the child to the witch to guarantee his wife's health.

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In between lightly illustrated pages of old-timey text are the interactive pages, which invite readers to grow flowers for Rapunzel's mother, assist a prince on his quest to find the trapped princess and even drop vegetables into a pot for a romantic dinner.

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In our Best Book citation, PW said, "A breathtaking interpretation gives the fairy tale new art-historical roots, with illustrations that daringly—a

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Zelinsky (Swamp Angel) does a star turn with this breathtaking interpretation of a favorite fairy tale. Daringly--and effectively--mimicking the masters of Italian Renaissance painting, he creates a p

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In the traditional Grimm’s tale, 12 comely princesses mysteriously awaken each night and descend to an underground world where they dance until dawn and then sleep through the following day.

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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 ...

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Examiner

It is now a line quite familiar to many, a story of a beautiful young woman has been around for a long time, even before the Brothers Grimm published it as part of Children’s and Household Tales in 1812.

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The Washington Post

If you have to have a witch for a mother, you could do a lot worse than the enchantress in Imagination Stage's "Rapunzel."

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Clever mice and compassionate toads use their wits to solve problems and get out of sticky situations in these funny picture books for young children.

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Grimm's Rapunzel - 3D Interactive Pop-up Book is a superb interactive version of the classic story that features all of the bells and whistles you would expect.

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The New York Review of Books

In Alison Lurie’s fascinating review essay about recent Rapunzel stories [NYR, May 1], she comments on the increasing contemporary appeal of this fairy tale in an era when overseas adoptions by older parents are frequent;

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When the sorceress learns that Rapunzel is pregnant, she chops off Rapunzel's hair in a rage and banishes her to the wilderness.

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The Paris Review

Explains Günther Koseck, the German noble who inhabits Dornröschenschloss (“Sleeping Beauty’s castle”) during the castle’s weekly Sleeping Beauty reenactments, his enchanted princesses “have to always be young and beautiful, and that means they have to be replaced occasionally.”

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