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3.95  ·  Rating Details  ·  118 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
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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Ziwei Cheng
Dec 06, 2014 Ziwei Cheng rated it it was amazing
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
Mar 03, 2014 Aleisa rated it it was amazing
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!
Mary Catelli
Faithful retelling of the Brothers Grimm tale. Pictures are all good. Some are quite 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
Mar 22, 2010 Lisa rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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
Dec 02, 2015 Shelli rated it it was amazing
A stunningly illustrated dark version of the well known Rapunzel story in a way that may surprise many readers. Alix Berenzy is one talented woman!

Sep 05, 2015 Izzy rated it really liked it
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I thought this was a good book. The illustrations were very beautiful.
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This is one of Mika's favourite books!
Jan 28, 2014 Mikael rated it it was amazing
I enjoyed this version immensely. The artwork was original and different. However, the story was the same as all the rest.
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Miko O.
Dec 24, 2007 Miko O. rated it it was amazing
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!
Dec 17, 2010 Lisa rated it liked it
I really loved the illustrations in this book. I enjoyed the story until the ending, which was kind of weird.
Enjoyed illustrations very much.
Apr 27, 2009 Maria rated it it was amazing
I love this story.
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