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Falling For Rapunzel

4.27 of 5 stars 4.27  ·  rating details  ·  1,516 ratings  ·  261 reviews
The prince is hoping to fall for Rapunzel, but since she can't quite hear what he asks for, everything but her hair gets tossed out her window. Instead of her curly locks, she throws her dirty socks. Instead of silky tresses, out go lacey dresses. And you can predict the guaranteed-to-crack-kids-up clothing she sends down when the prince simply says hair. . . .

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Paperback, 32 pages
Published December 1st 2005 by Puffin (first published 2003)
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This updated "fractured fairy tale" of Rapunzel had my first grade students laughing hysterically. They enjoyed the repetitive misunderstanding of Rapunzel as she throws down her "dirty socks" instead of her "curly locks" or her "underwear" in stead of her hair. As a teacher, I liked how I could use the book as a way to get the children to make predictions using rhyme. As a woman, I liked how Rapunzel never wanted or needed to be rescued as the prince thought, it was just all a misunderstanding....more
Abriana Chamberlain
Falling for Rapunzel was absolutely perfect. Just by the name you assume you know exactly what the story is going to be like. It starts out with a handsome Prince walking through the forest and sees her through her window. So then he calls "Rapunzel, Rapunzel, throw down your hair!" but instead of hearing that she thought "Your underwear." So for the next couple of pages it keeps going. He tries to get her attention but each time she hears the exact opposite of what he says. It isn't until the P...more
Tracey Demario
Falling for Rapunzel, a humorous take on the original fairy tale, is a delightful picture book for toddlers through early elementary aged children (N). Told in rhyming verse, the story starts with Rapunzel already in the tower. The Prince comes upon her and, thinking she is in trouble, asks her to throw down her hair. Unfortunately, she mishears him and the rest of the story centers around their miscommunication. For instance, when the Prince requests that she send down her "hair" instead she to...more
If you like updated or "fractured" fairy tales, Falling for Rapunzel is for you! It had my students in stitches this morning during the read aloud. They found it hilarious that Rapunzel had such bad hearing, which resulted in her throwing down random items to the prince. I loved the twist at the end for Rapunzel's maid and also the "back door." Amusing and fun!
Wilcox, Leah, and Lydia Monks. Falling for Rapunzel. New York, NY: G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2003. Print.

Genre: Children’s Picture Book

Falling for Rapunzel is a story with a humorous twist of the classic Rapunzel fairytale, where a princess lives up in a tower and a prince has come to her “rescue.” Every time the prince asks Rapunzel to throw down her hair, she cannot hear him clearly so she begins tossing random items out her window. The entire story is told in rhymes, making it a perfect story for p...more
Lisa Vegan
Mar 22, 2008 Lisa Vegan rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: adults & their children, everybody
This book might actually be even more enjoyable for adults & older children who know many traditional fairy tales well, especially Rapunzel. This is also an excellent book for young children because the story in rhyme and the pictures are terrific, and even young kids will find the events funny. Very charming. Really hilarious. Terrific message. And it has the best twist ending that I’ve ever read in an “alternative” fairy tale. It’s a special book that can be enjoyed by all ages, even thoug...more
I love a good fractured fairytale, and Falling for Rapunzel ranks among my all-time favorites. High in her tower, Rapunzel has a hard time hearing what the handsome prince is calling up to her, so just trying to be helpful, she mistakenly chucks all sorts of odd things out the window. The illustrations are fantastic, and equal the text in silliness. Bonus points for the rhymes, too, which give kids a chance to predict what next will fly out the window. But the ending is my favorite. So clever......more
Jun 10, 2012 Dolly rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: parents reading with their children
Shelves: 2012, childrens, rhyming
This is a funny little story that is based on the classic fairytale, but ends in a very different way. The rhyming narrative is humorous and our girls had fun guessing what Rapunzel would pick to throw down each time. The illustrations are colorful and cartoonish and give a whimsical feel to the tale. We enjoyed reading this book together and will look for Waking Beauty at our local library.
If you know the classic Rapunzel tale you will love the twist that Leah Wilcox put on this classic and for others this book is definitely a keeper. Told with bright vibrant illustrations and a rhyming text, this book is hilarious. As the prince rides by on his horse, he hears the princess from high up in her castle crying how the luster has gone out of her hair. Hoping to help her, he calls out to her from below but the princess has a hard hearing what the prince has to say. The prince is quite...more
Pat (Get Kids to Read) Tierney
Wilcox, Leah. Falling for Rapunzel. Putnam. 2003
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Gr PK-2 Falling for Rapunzel is the perfect read aloud for primary students. As a fractured fairy tale it takes fun in twisting the original story. This time Rapunzel is hard of hearing and when he asks her to let down her hair she throws down her underwear. Many more misunderstandings take place until he meets her maid. As love tends to be quick in fairy tales, he immediately falls for the maid.
Tabetha Elliss
I don't rate every book I read my children, otherwise I would be spending way to much time on goodreads. However, this one made me laugh and I didn't mind reading it several times a day for the time we had it from the library. I can't say that very often.
This is the most darling wonderful children's picture book I have come across in months. It is delightfully funny and silly for both children and parents so you can both giggle as you turn each page to see how Rapunzel mis-interprets the prince's words. I can still see how my 4yo daughter giggled when he asks her to throw down her hair and instead she throws down her underwear. The ending was also cheerful and a twist on the old Rapunzel story so there is something new in addition to all of the...more
Megan B
"Rapunzel, Rapunzel, throw down your hair!"
She thought he said, "your underwear."
"No, Rapunzel. Your curly locks!"
Rapunzel threw down dirty socks.

What a fun laugh this short book is!
Humorous retelling of Rapunzel with colorful illustrations.

themes: fractured fairytale, maid, prince, princess, Rapunzel
I don't got anything to say about it if I didn't like. I just don't like it. It's not the real Rapunzel book.
I really enjoyed this fractured fairytale version of Rapunzel. It was fun to be able to try and guess what Rapunzel was hearing versus what the prince had really said. I loved that it incorporated rhyming and so it made you think before hand. The illustrations were really interesting too. The trees would have pictures of actual tress but the rest of the page was illustrated. The clothing on Rapunzel also looked like actual fabric. I thought that was a cool touch to make the pictures look more in...more
Tricia Douglas
This is a cute book I ran across by chance. Of course, it's based on the classic Rapunzel tale, but this time there is some funny variations on the theme. The prince wants Rapunzel to throw down her hair, but she doesn't hear quite right. What she throws down instead always rhymes with the word: hair - underwear, locks - socks, tresses - dresses, etc. The prince is not happy until what Rapunzel is finally asked to throw down (rhymes with braid) does make him satisfied! The story is cute and the...more
My favorite twist on the Rapunzel story.
Jenna Cohen
This is the second book that I read for the fairy tale assignment.

This story is all about Rapunzel's hair :) I think would be enjoyable as a read-aloud. It is written as a rhyme, and I believe the rhyming words would be predictable for most students in second/third grade and above.

This is a light story. There is no backstory about how Rapunzel got up in the tower. She's just there, sad, because her hair isn't shiny! The prince comes and says the famous line from the Grimm tale, "Rapunzel, Rapun...more
I loved this book! It was great how it rhymed because it made the book flow and made it fun to guess what was coming next. The ending was also a twist to the classic Rapunzel fairy tale. The book had me laughing, so children will definitely enjoy it. However, I also thought the illustrations were not good enough for the book. The story was so entertaining and the pictures were just lacking. I still give it 5 stars though because it was just too funny!
I loved this book. I wouldn't definitely recommend it to anyone that reads to kids. The cute story unfolds as the Prince continues to ask Rapunzel to throw down her hair. Yet, Rapunzel can't hear, so she keeps on throwing down random things. Then, she throws down her maid. The prince and her maid fall deeply in love. This twist in the story is the perfect touch of humor! I would definitely give it a 5! I hope to add this book to my classroom collection!
The Prince hears a cry of despair! He found the sound coming from Rapunzel's tower. In different ways, he tried to get her to throw down her hair. She mishears him every time and throws down so many other things! In the end, she throws her maid (when asked for her braid). She lands on the Prince and they instantly fall in love. I love Leah Wilcox's style so much, and Lydia Monks' illustrations are fantastic!

Great for preschool storytimes.
This book gave me the following question, "If I want to lock someone up in a high tower, how high does the tower have to be such that you start not being able to hear what some stranger on the ground is trying to yell up to you?" I loved all of the silliness that ensues because of the fact that Rapunzel could not hear what the prince was saying exactly. I wouldn't have tossed all that stuff out the window, though. In fact, no one really should toss things out their windows. What if Rapunzel had...more
Natalia Tabisaura
Rapunzel lives in a tall tower. The prince wants to rescue her, but she can't hear his requests to throw down something to help him upstairs. She throws down everything but the kitchen sink and finally throws out her maid too. Using rhyme, Wilcox tells a fractured fairy tale with hilarious twists and turns. After everything has come flying out the tower window, Prince runs off with the maid only for readers to find out that there was back door to the tower. There was no need for all the tribulat...more
I so enjoy reading for Reading is Fundamental and am always looking for a funny book. My six year old granddaughter read this to me. "Alas, she was too far away to quite make out what he would say:" "Rapunzel, Rapunzel, throw down your hair!" "She thought he said, 'Your underwear.'" Nothing like underwear to induce a fit of giggles. Great illustrations, funny ideas.
Alissa Sparks
I find this story silly and funny because it teaches children that they need to have clean ears in order to hear anyone speaking to them from far or even near. Rapunzel was just being a silly girl. It is okay to be silly at some times, but when it intrudes to someone or when some one talks to you, you need to try to pay close attention.
I thought this book was cute. I liked the different story line. What I liked about this book, was that Rapunzel threw down everything she thought she heard but herself. Then she threw her maid down, and that is who the prince fell in love with. It had a cute, but unpredictable ending. I enjoyed reading the book, and it was funny.
Emily Mckinnon
This book was so different than any version of Rapunzel I have ever read or seen! I absolutely loved it and it deserves 5 stars. I laughed when I read just about every page of this book. I think children from preschool all the way through 5th grade would enjoy this fabulously witty re-told fairy tale. Even though Rapunzel typically appeals more to young girls, I think young boys would find joy in reading this book as well. I will definitely be picking up a copy of this book for my future classro...more
Angela Jones
This is an adorable book! It took the classic Rapunzel fairy tale and added an elementary twist to it. It was fun to read and kept my attention. You could use this in a classroom to help teach children how to rhyme. I highly recommend this new, modern take on a forever classic.
Sarah Adamson
This is a fun book. We just picked it up in the library. It's a different interpretation of the Rapunzel story - one where she cannot hear too well from the top of her tower when the prince rides by and asks her to throw down her hair!
Fun, gorgeous pictures, nice rhyming although some must be done with the right accent! Some words needed explaining which was good as it started more discussions with my daughter. Great book.
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