Item description for Rapunzel (Picture Puffin Books) by Paul O. Zelinsky & Brothers Grimm...
Overview A retelling of the German folktale in which a beautiful girl with long golden hair is kept imprisoned in a lonely tower by a sorceress.
Publishers Description 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)
Citations And Professional Reviews Rapunzel (Picture Puffin Books) by Paul O. Zelinsky & Brothers Grimm has been reviewed by professional book reviewers and journalists at the following establishments -
Publishers Weekly - 09/09/2002
PW Notes and Reprints - 09/09/2002 page 71
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Studio: Puffin Books
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 12" Width: 9.04" Height: 0.14" Weight: 0.52 lbs.
Release Date Oct 14, 2002
ISBN 0142301930 ISBN13 9780142301937 UPC 051488007999
Availability 0 units.
More About Paul O. Zelinsky & Brothers Grimm
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.
Reviews - What do customers think about Rapunzel (Picture Puffin Books)?
The ultimate version of this story... Jun 13, 2008
This is the most ideal Rapunzel storybook you could possibly imagine. The story is well written, and the illustrations are so fine in quality that it is a true pleasure to look through the pages and marvel at Paul Zelinsky's skills as an artist. This and Rumpelstiltskin (also illustrated by Zelinsky), are two of my favorite kid books. I love it when illustrations so perfectly reflect the flavor of the story and are technically skillful to the utmost level. This is a must-have!
This is the true spirit of the fairy tale May 10, 2008
I really hate it when people "Disney-fy" good ol' fairy tales in their books--only Disney is allowed to do that. Zelinksy keeps Grimm's tale to its good ol' grim self with much of the original ideas, if paraphrased (but hey, it makes the stuff prettier). Best of all our Zelinsky's art which mirror the style of the medieval time. They are detailed and extremely gorgeous. I probably would not recommend this version to young children (then again, I don't know how many original fairy tales I would recommend to young children). But this is how Rapunzel was meant to be and Zelinsky certainly gives us that.
Rapunzel the Beautiful May 4, 2008
There are many illustrated versions of Rapunzel on the children's market, but surely none can compare with Paul O. Zelinsky's Caldecott version.
As he explains in "A Note about Rapunzel" in the back of the book, he traced the history of the story and discovered its roots in Italy, determining then to set his version within the artwork of Renaissance Italy. Rapunzel is the German word for a salad green and root with a flavor between argula and watercress. In some stories the green is parsley called rampion.
In this version a young pregnant wife begins craving rapunzel which she sees outside her window. I must have it, must have it, she tells her husband, knowing that the garden in the courtyard below belongs to a sorceress. She has her rapunzel, but the witch catches the husband stealing it and makes him promise the baby to her.
As the story goes, the sorceress locks the pre-adolescent child in a campanile with no doors and only Rapunzel's long red-gold tresses as a rope to the top. The prince finds her, learns the secret to the top, avows his love, and she gets pregnant.
The story ends happily, of course, following the traditional plot line. What sets this version so very far apart from its siblings is the glorious Renaissance-like artwork. Flowing clothing, long, wavy hair, dark and silvery plant life, blue and gray haze in the background, particular people groupings, perfectly balanced settings, Roman ruins--all traditional aspects of Renaissance art are depicted.
One little intrusion into this Renaissance setting is a kitten whose growth is also measured by Rapunzel's. This Siamese is in almost every frame with Rapunzel all the way to the end which is a cozy tableau of family bliss.
This Rapunzel belongs in every home with a child and adults who appreciate the joy of children's books.
Beautiful Feb 20, 2008
This book is well told and beautifully illustrated. My daughter is 4 and listened to it and enjoyed it. She really loves the pictures. It is the kind of book you want to keep and take care of as your collection. It definitely doesn't get played with! I recommend this to mom's who love fairy tales and want their daughters to love them too.
Great pictures, classic story Jan 27, 2008
Beautiful pictures tell the classic story of Rapunzel. It is best for kids 4 and older, I would say, as some of the pictures are a little scary. Otherwise, great book!