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Rapunzel

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Based on sources that predate Grimm, Berenzy's Rapunzel is not about a beautiful maiden who sits helplessly by until she is rescued by a handsome prince. Rather, it is the story of a young woman who must choose between the security of her sheltered tower and the uncertainty of independence. Full color.
Hardcover, 1 page
Published October 15th 1995 by Henry Holt & Company (first published October 1995)
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Mary Catelli
Faithful retelling of the Brothers Grimm tale. Pictures are all good. Some are quite gorgeous.
Ziwei Cheng
A long time ago, there was a lovely girl, her name is La Peize. She has a beautiful golden hair, hair grows has been dragged to the ground. From her childhood, she was a nasty witch song Searle imprisoned in a dark forest in the castle. Sur La Peize song has been a servant to handle.
Lapei Ze have two friends, one called Hopi, a man named Penelope. Penelope is just clumsy dragons. Hopi is a greedy rabbit. They are two of the most loyal friends Lapei Ze.
Lapei Ze especially love painting. As long
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Aleisa
I had forgotten how scandalous the real story of Rapunzel was! This version is not all-that-beautifully retold but Oh! the illustrations are gorgeous!
Ally Copper
“Rapunzel,” retold and illustrated by Alix Berenzy, is a fairly straightforward, traditional retelling of the story of the girl with the golden locks, kept in a tower by an evil jailer (in this retelling, a fairy), and saved from her solitude by a handsome prince. The thing that makes this 1995 picture book stand out is the amazing illustrations created with colored pencil and gouache on black paper. Berenzy captures the facial expressions of the characters, as well as the shadows and light of t ...more
Fritzi Barrera
This story was about a girl named Rapunzel. Mother Gothel took her from her parents right after she was born. She was locked in a high tower and never got out of there. She grew up alone. Then a prince comes along and they find in love. The prince asks her to marry her. She accepts but they wait. Mother Gothel finds out and takes her out to the woods and leaves her because she supposedly betrayed her. Later the fairy (Gothel) gets the prince too but he jumps off the window and was blinded. Later ...more
Lisa
Rapunzel By: Alix Berenzy, ISBN 0805057935, 1995. In a German town lived a wife and her husband. The wife was with child and became obsessed with her neighbors garden of Rapunzel, salad greens grown in Europe. She wanted the Rapunzel at any cost. Her husband was caught while stealing some for his wife and agreed to hand over their child when it was born. The old woman kept the child named “ Rapunzel” in a tower with just a small window. The child grew up there alone when the woman wanted to get ...more
Amalie
This is the closest I read for the version of the Brothers Grimm. This must be based on Friedrich Schultz's "Rapunzel," published in Germany one hundred years later, faithfully follows La Force's plot but Schultz makes to the story is that the fairy is portrayed with sympathy.

In this version, Mother Gothel (a generic name for a godmother) is a fairy instead of a witch. she doesn't throw the prince from the tower — he leaps himself, in a fit of despair.

The oral version of "Rapunzel" collected b
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Mikael
I enjoyed this version immensely. The artwork was original and different. However, the story was the same as all the rest.
Miko O.
This version was the only one I've read that explained that rapunzel is a kind of lettuce. Suddenly her name makes so much more sense!
Lisa
I really loved the illustrations in this book. I enjoyed the story until the ending, which was kind of weird.
Mckinley
Enjoyed illustrations very much.
Maria
I love this story.
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