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Falling For Rapunzel

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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
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.
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
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
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.
Bethany Bennett
This one was my favorite. I liked how in the background she had pictures that would make no sense in that time period like paved roads and skyscrapers. She also drew in other fairy tales in the background like on one page in the background was little red riding hood and the wolf hiding behind a tree. This book was hilarious. And it made it even better that it rhymed. Not the typical ending you would expect from Rapunzel but funny all the way through and a great ending nonetheless.
Feb 23, 2008 Shaindel rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: children, teachers, and parents...
Recommended to Shaindel by: the author's mom
I don't read a lot of children's books (because I don't have children), but this book was written by the daughter of one of my current students, and she just loaned it to me. I LOVE this book and would strongly recommend it to anyone who has "picture book age" children.

In it, Rapunzel mishears when the prince tells her to let down her hair and throws down her underwear, dirty socks, and, at last, her maid (with whom the prince happily runs off). We all knew that handsome princes aren't all they'...more
This book is an absolutely adorable twist to the story "Rapunzel." It is directed towards a younger age group because the rhymes are silly and easy to understand. The ending for this story was completely unpredicted because it doesn't follow the original fairytale at all. The illustrations provide foreshadowing, allowing children to predict what will occur next in the story.
A prince rides by Rapunzel’s tower, and when he hears her cry out, he thinks she needs rescuing (she’s really whining about her hair). He makes multiple attempts to save her, but she’s so far away she can’t hear what he’s saying. So, when he calls out, “Rapunzel, Rapunzel, throw down your hair!” She hears, “Throw down your underwear!” and obliges by tossing him her underthings. The misunderstandings only continue, until Rapunzel tosses down her maid, who happily makes off with the prince. Rapunz...more
Mrs. Wynn
Review the story of Rapunzel with the class to make sure they know it well enough to allow them a laugh at this version! Poor Rapunzel can't quite make out what the Prince is shouting up at her and her maid.
"Rapunzel, Rapunzel, throw down your hair!"
She thought he said, "Your underwear."
And so begin the laughs as the Prince endures all sorts of things flying out the tower window. Lots of fun.

Illustrations by Lydia Monks are great. Monks likes to use photos cut into shapes for clothing (pictures...more
In this crazy mixed up tale of Rapunzel the prince ends up with more then he bargains for. The distance from the tower that Rapunzel is in, to the ground where the prince is leads to some miscommunication.

Rapunzel is just like every other girl even though she is a princess, so children will relate to the bad hair day. The rhyming words in this book would be great to get students to learn what rhyming words are. When the prince says to Rapunzel to let down her hair she instead hears underwear, so...more
I don't read a lot these days, but I read more than you might conclude, given my dearth of ratings/reviews. I don't much like assigning a number rating. But since the kids and I have discovered some great picture books in recent years, I thought I'd share a number of titles that we've enjoyed. Some are definite five star books for us, some definite four star books, and many fall somewhere inbetween or might get one rating from me on a given day and another on a different day. I won't include too...more
Mar 14, 2014 Carrie rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Sarah Ward
I giggled through the whole thing-more than the girl I was reading it with! I thought it was quite cute and not your typical ending-which is exactly what a fractured fairy tale should do.
Super hilarious story, lovely plot line, and funny ending. I really enjoyed this book, and would highly recommend it to all ages, child and adult. The illustrations weren't as good as some others that I have seen, but the rhymes are so clever, it didn't matter.
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