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Rapunzel

4.23  ·  Rating Details  ·  326 Ratings  ·  35 Reviews
Here is the classic story of Rapunzel, the lovely girl who is raised by a witch and locked up in a tall tower before being rescued by a handsome prince.
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 1st 1982 by Holiday House (first published 1982)
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Amy Edwards
Wonderful version of "Rapunzel." As I said in my review of "The Sleeping Beauty", forget Disney. This is my favorite version of the fairy tale. Some versions of Rapunzel are too creepy for my taste, but this one managed to capture the 'real' story without getting too strange when it comes to Mother Gothel's obsession with Rapunzel. My four-year-old daughter, who knows "Tangled" very well, was held in great suspense for this read-aloud and several times she had her hands over her ears as I read, ...more
Julie
Nov 16, 2015 Julie rated it really liked it
A beautiful edition of the Rapunzel tale. I picked it up because it's illustrated by my favorite illustrator, Trina Schart Hyman. She didn't disappoint.
Msjennifers Corner
Feb 18, 2014 Msjennifers Corner rated it it was amazing
The story of Rapunzel that both shows what Disney's TANGLED leaves out and also shies away from a little of what is not considered acceptable for todays youth. Rapunzel is given to Mother Gothel by her parents as penance for stealing from her garden. She is then taken to a tower and kept there by Mother Gothel. A young prince hears her singing and discovers her in the tower. They fall in love and apparently marry (by whom no one knows since no one else knows they are there) and he keeps coming t ...more
Lissett  S Ordosgoitti
Aug 17, 2014 Lissett S Ordosgoitti rated it liked it
Shelves: reto-sorpresa
“«¡Verdezuela, Verdezuela,
suéltame tu cabellera!»”

Sarah Williams
Mar 05, 2014 Sarah Williams rated it really liked it
"Rapunzel", a retelling of the Brothers Grimm famous folktale by Barbara Rogasky, was a beautiful rendition of the original tale. The illustrations were lovely and the story was very well written. This book is very much appropriate for the age group of older children that it is written for, and despite the longer word count, I think younger children would enjoy it as well. The classic tale and detailed pictures appeal to a variety of different age groups. The genre, Traditional Literature/Pictur ...more
Cristina
Creo que es una de las historias extrañas de todos los cuentos que he leído.
También de las que más se me han impactado ya que suceden muchos hechos macabros y crueles a los protagonistas. (ejem, caída, torre ciego)
Pero por otro lado, es un cuento en el que las acciones de la mayoría de los personajes no tienen ni pies ni cabeza. ¿Cambias a tu propia hija por unas verduras que se te antojan en el embarazo? ¿Hola? ¿Sois humanos? Luego me puso de los nervios cuando la bruja descubre que el prínci
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Elise G
Jan 20, 2016 Elise G rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, reviewed
I liked the book Rapunzel because I am going to be a witch but it was a little scary about the witch part when she took Rapunzel away & at the very end of the book. Rapunzel was like me a little bit because she had long hair that was golden and I have brownish black hair that is shorter than Rapunzel's that's in pigtails. Rapunzel had two babies like me and Anna and the prince and Mother Gothel got up the tower by climbing up Rapunzel's long hair. My favorite part of the book was when the pr ...more
Anne
Mar 07, 2012 Anne rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this retelling of the traditional Rapunzel mostly because of the illustrations. The story follows the traditional telling of this fairytale but the illustrations make this version very unique by enhancing the story. The scene when Mother Gothel catches Rapunzel’s dad stealing the rampion portrays Mother Gothel as a force not to be reckoned with. She is made to look very intimating with glowing red eyes, and shadows and black crows surrounding her. She stands tall while Rapunzel’s dad i ...more
Casey Brock
Dec 03, 2009 Casey Brock rated it it was amazing
Reading level: 2-3

The inside cover tells that this retold story came from a German folklore. Hyman illustrates in the retold story both vivid and dark pictures. The pictures are very realistic, and they show a lot of emotion in the faces. The fact that a lot of the story takes place at night brings a lot of emotion to the story. Although there are no numbers on the pages, a page towards the middle of the book shows the father climbing up the wall at night and you can see the dark clouds in the
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Lisa Rathbun
After reading and loving Hyman's versions of "Sleeping Beauty" and "Little Red Riding Hood," I was very excited to find this one. Rapunzel's fragile beauty is so lovely! The tower is realistically tall (more like 20 feet than 100 ft.), although the door should have had thorns grown over it as I'm sure even a boarded-up door could have been battered down by a determined prince. Also in the retelling, it awkardly states that the prince loved his wife - because they had been married. I think this p ...more
Stephanie Barrios
Aug 14, 2014 Stephanie Barrios rated it liked it
Y bueno, la historia no es nada parecida a la que uno esta acostumbrado (tan típico). Le doy 3 estrellas porque a pesar que es una historia entretenida, no me explica mucho ¿qué paso con los padres de rapunzel y la bruja? ¿Cómo se llamaban sus hijos? ¿Qué paso cuando llegaron al reino? Me dejo con muchas dudas
Mariana
Aug 13, 2014 Mariana rated it liked it
3 estrellas porque no me explican que le pasa a los padres de Rapunzel, y por es demasiado ingenua. Es decir, se embaraza (que fuerte) realmente ha cambiado mi perspectiva de este cuento. Aún así es un clásico y deben leerlo.
Robert
May 24, 2014 Robert rated it it was amazing
Rich and beautifully detailed illustrations make this edition the apex of the classic Grimm's' tale.
Audrey
Mar 22, 2012 Audrey rated it really liked it
This is a retelling of the fairy tale Rapunzel. A girl is taken from her parents by a witch as payment for their stealing rampion (lettuce) out of her garden. The witch names her Rapunzel, and locks the girl in a tall tower when she turns twelve. A prince discovers Rapunzel in the tower, and the two fall in love, and plan for Rapunzel to escape. The witch discovers the plan, and the two are separated.

The book has pretty illustrations. The book, like most real fairy tales, has some disturbing ima
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Shanna Gonzalez
Aug 26, 2010 Shanna Gonzalez rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: children-04-08
Rogansky's retelling of Rapunzel is another excellent interpretation of the traditional fairy tale popularized by the Brothers Grimm. Rogansky's prose is flawless, and the story is illustrated with sweeping romantic brilliance by Trina Schart Hyman, in a similar style to her Saint George and the Dragon and Little Red Riding Hood. Rapunzel's neckline does plunge a little low on some pages, and for this reason some parents may prefer Zelinsky's Rapunzel to this.

This book is also unfortunately a li
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Marquise
Aug 20, 2014 Marquise rated it really liked it
My favourite Rapunzel illustrations, in a beautiful adaptation too.
Sidharth Vardhan
Some things are good only after Disney has worked on them.
Wendy
May 27, 2014 Wendy rated it really liked it
Shelves: karla
Beautiful pictures; well illustrated.
Marianinna
Aug 14, 2014 Marianinna rated it liked it
was exactly what I remembered
Emily
Mar 02, 2012 Emily rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
This is a faithful retelling of Grimm's famous fairytale. The illustrations are amazing, with intricate borders around each picture and text panel. Dark tones with colorful details are the mainstay of each picture. Each has a wonderfully old-world feel in the manner of stained-glass windows or a tapestry from Europe. The borders remind me of the beautiful details and patterns on traditional Scandinavian clothing.
Michael Fitzgerald
I still think the retelling could have improved the storyline a little to avoid revealing things like "for by this time, they had married" and the shocker "Rapunzel lived now with the twins she had borne" after the fact. It's like someone trying to tell a joke and at the end appending a highly significant detail. Maybe the original does it that way, but a retelling could fix it.
Kami
Aug 02, 2010 Kami rated it really liked it
The perfect classic version of Rapunzel. I liked the pictures a lot too. Not as "pretty" as some, but still good. They looked somewhat goth (not really the right description there, but I couldn't think of another way to explain them), and showed a lot of emotion, which was fitting for the book. My three-year-old loves any story to do with Rapunzel and this was no exception.
Jetzabel
Sep 04, 2014 Jetzabel rated it it was amazing
Shelves: books-i-own
Leí partes que no recordaba según la versión que tenía en mi mente.
Amalie
I think there is a problem with editions. Someone must have combined them without thinking what they are doing.

This is the edition which I own. This Rapunzel is an excellent interpretation of the traditional fairy tale popularized by the Brothers Grimm. It has fine illustrations and has beautiful prose. This is an edition for your kids,
Mary Catelli
A straight-forward retelling of the tale, with only a few bits of elaboration, all of which worked well.

Hyman's illustrations are gorgeous. In the squares between bits of text, there are lovely little detailed pictures to fill the gaps, all the pictures have borders of great artistry, and the story goes in a wonderful pictures.
Bon Ri
Jan 17, 2014 Bon Ri added it
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Roxanne
Oct 14, 2015 Roxanne rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children
Once again, Hyman has help deliver a beautifully illustrated tale. Faithful to the Grimm version. Like Rogasky's adaptation very well. Paul O. Zelinsky's "Rapunzel" is another great read to check out in case you want to study another version of this bittersweet yarn.
ABC
Sep 06, 2008 ABC rated it liked it
Recommends it for: kindergarteners and up
Shelves: younger-kids
In this version, a witch takes the baby Rapunzel as punishment for stealing rampion, which the book explains is used for salads. Also, at the end, the prince goes blind, but then meets Rapunzel and her tears cause him to regain his sight.
Cindi
Nov 27, 2008 Cindi rated it it was amazing
We read this story out of the Grimms Fairy Tale book, but it was much better with the awesome illustrations in this book. I read it and looked at it at the insistence of my daughter who fell in love with the pictures in the book.
Trouble
Nov 28, 2007 Trouble rated it really liked it
Shelves: favorites
Easily my favorite artwork of any version of Rapunzel I`ve seen. The story itself is a classic retelling - no frills or Disneyification. My only complaint is I feel that the ending was a little more abrupt than it needed to be. ...more
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