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Rapunzel

4.04 of 5 stars 4.04  ·  rating details  ·  165 ratings  ·  30 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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Msjennifers Corner
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 Ordosgoitti
“«¡Verdezuela, Verdezuela,
suéltame tu cabellera!»”

Sarah Williams
"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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Anne
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
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
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
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
Rich and beautifully detailed illustrations make this edition the apex of the classic Grimm's' tale.
Audrey
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
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
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 4 of 5 stars
Shelves: karla
Beautiful pictures; well illustrated.
Marianinna
was exactly what I remembered
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.
Emily
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.
Kami
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
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,
Bon Ri
Jan 17, 2014 Bon Ri added it
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Kirei
Sep 06, 2008 Kirei rated it 3 of 5 stars
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
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
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.
Sue
my favorite illustrator in the world, since she illustrated cricket, the mag when I was a kid.
Bree
Notes::
Story is great but illustrations verge on scary for my little ones.
Elizabeth
I wish I could draw like this!!! I love the pictures! They are beautiful...
Bethany
Jul 28, 2008 Bethany rated it 3 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Rapunzel Fans
Shelves: children-s-books
I LOVED the illustrations in this book, Rapunzel's hair was really cool!
Yarb
Nov 03, 2008 Yarb rated it 3 of 5 stars
Shelves: kids
Average. Illustrations on the fey side.
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