Golden: A Retelling of "Rapunzel"
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Golden: A Retelling of "Rapunzel" (Once Upon A Time Fairytales)

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Before Rapunzel's birth, her mother made a dangerous deal with the sorceress Melisande: If she could not love newborn Rapunzel just as she appeared, she would surrender the child to Melisande. When Rapunzel was born completely bald and without hope of ever growing hair, her horrified mother sent her away with the sorceress to an uncertain f...more
Paperback, 192 pages
Published June 26th 2007 by Simon Pulse (first published February 28th 2006)
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Jun 06, 2014 Cara rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fairy tale suckers I mean... lovers of course!
I wanted to hug this book literally when I was done. Perfect . Exactly what a true fairy tale should be. I'm seriously thinking about reading ALL Rapunzel retellings to see if there is one out there that can do it better than Dokey.

Rapunzel is bald. What? Yeah I didn't think I could get on board with this but it worked. The sorceress isn't evil and Rapunzel doesn't end up with a prince per say. So some major changes. Unlike last time (with Sunlight and Shadow)the length didn't hurt the book.

May 26, 2014 Valerie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Valerie by: Cara, Ash
Shelves: retellings, fantasy
I have no real complaints about this book. It is the most satisfying book I've read of the series so far (I've read 3 of them just so you know).

Rapunzel starts off by telling us that the tale we have grown up with about her is inaccurate and she precedes to tell us the real story. The story sure has its differences: Rapunzel is bald, the sorceress is good, a prince is involved but isn't the only one to take credit in saving Rapuzel, and Rapunzel doesn't get stuck in a tower until near the last q...more
Anne Osterlund
Rapunzel is, well, perhaps not what you’d expect. As bald as an egg, raised by a sorceress, and actually not the most polite young lady ever to pull all the carrots out of a garden. But she does have the ability to see the truth. And into the hearts of almost everyone.

Except herself.

And maybe that of the tinker’s boy who insists upon calling her Parsley.

Quite a bit of fun and a surprisingly radical tale for one so often stuck up in a tower.
I would really give this 2 1/2 stars if I could. I was really enjoying the first half. I liked the depth that the Rapunzel story had been given and loved the character of Rapunzel. However, once it got the second half with the enchanted tower and the witch's daughter, Rue, it started to fall apart for me.
Rue was supposedly locked in the tower until someone, besides her mother, came along that truly loved her. The witch has always thought Rapunzel would be the one to break...more
God  O'Wax
I liked the idea of this book, but I didn't really like the book itself. Mostly, my problem came from the writing style which was overly complicated to no end. It basically felt to me that the author took a story of no more than 50 pages and whipped it up into a longer tale by making the sentences more convoluted and long winded than necessary. AS for the story itself, I liked the original premise, but I felt it wasn't developed correctly...the first half and the second half felt like entirely d...more
Rapunzel is my favorite fairy-tale, so you can imagine my skepticism learning the Rapunzel in this version has no hair. Absolutely none at all. But I was charmed by the author's way with words, and by the end, she had me with her version of this story (even if I loved it for very different reasons than I love the original tale). I read the whole thing in about an hour and a half. It's not very long, but it packs a nice little punch. Well worth the effort. Full review later.
Phoenix Reads
So according to this book, everything I have come to know about the story of Rapunzel is apparently wrong. Well, maybe not wrong but different. And to be honest it was a really interesting interpretation.

The story is told by Rapunzel herself who informs us that she was born bald. She states in the very beginning of the book only to go back and explain what had originally happened with her mother and the rapunzel she had been eating. It happened all the same except the sorceress tells her that sh...more
This is a very original take on the classic fairy-tale of Rapunzel. Instead of the sorceress being an evil old women who locks Rapunzel up in a tower until she's saved by the prince, it's COMPLETELY different.
Quick Overview: Rapunzel is born completely bald, the one stuck in a tower is the sorceress's daughter Rue, who is not put there by the sorceress, and the prince doesn't technically save anyone from a tower. The sorceress finds Rapunzal's father stealing rapunzel(of course) from her garde...more
Golden is a retelling of the story of Rapunzel but with a few twists and turns along the way. For one thing, Rapunzel is born bald and she is not trapped in a tower but someone else is. Rue, the sorceress' daughter, is trapped in a tower and she is the owner of long roped locks of golden hair. Rue does need Rapunzel's help however to be freed from the tower that imprisons her.
I feel that this story was well told and is an interesting interpretation. Young adult readers will like it because it i...more
Janus Vielle (The Blair Book Project)
I can point out a lot of good things about this book. For one, it definitely took after the original tale of Rapunzel but giving it a rather surprising twist. When we hear “Rapunzel” we immediately think EXTREMELY LONG BLONDE HAIR. But with Dokey’s Golden, we find our heroine BALD. Yup, you read it right; Rapunzel is B-A-L-D. I absolutely loved the idea. It was so fresh and the story of how she ended up with the sorceress was cunning.

Another thing I was fond of was Rapunzel herself. She’s spunky...more
Jan 13, 2008 Debbie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fairy tale fans
Have I ever mentioned how much I love fairy tales?

Golden is a beautifully done retelling of Rapunzel. Melisande the sorceress catches a man stealing an herb, rapunzel (parsely), from her garden because his pregnant wife has a craving. The mother, although beautiful, is selfish and is unable to love her newborn daughter because the girl was born completely bald. Melisande adopts the girl, who remains bald. When Rapunzel is 16, she learns that Melisande has a daughter who is trapped in a tower as...more
Cheryl in CC NV
Yes I know there are flaws in the writing style, and the whole story is more fluff than substance, but it's still clever and fun, sufficiently thoughtful and complex and respectful to warrant 4 stars *in my opinion.* Easily 3 stars objectively. I do like this 'series,' especially (so far) Dokey's contributions. The only real problem I had with this particular one is that (view spoiler)...more
Mar 25, 2008 Marianne rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: 11+
I picked this up as a quick read at the library thinking that it'd be one of those books you read and toss and ended up actually REALLY liking it! The plot line moves along at a great steady pace. The characters are refreshingly original and I love the twist on the story! I almost wish there was a sequel to it so we could see what happens to everyone after the end of the story! Unfortunately my library doesn't have any other books by this author or I'd have picked up another!
NSAndrew Liebergen
[close:] In older versions of the classic tale Rapunzel, it always seemed improbable that a grown man could scale a tower using only his beloved's hair. Not so in Paul O. Zelinsky's Caldecott Medal-winning version of Rapunzel. Here, Rapunzel's reddish-blonde mane is thick with waves and braids, and cascades like a waterfall down the walls of her isolation tower. In Zelinsky's able hands it's easy to believe that a prince would harbor no hesitations about scrambling up our fair heroine's hair.
Emily Eastman
I really wish they had half stars because if they did this book would have a 4 1/2. It's a great story that I very much enjoyed but not quite a 5 star sort of story. A great spin on a classic story. There isn't much I can critize but the lack of feeling. It needed something more to be perfect more detail more feeling and more written about when Rue's heart finally opens. More needs to be written about Rapunzel (Rue) and Susan (Rapunzel)'s love. I wish Rapunzel wouldn't be such a counter person a...more
I found this story to be engaging even though it would not be the type of story i would pick up on my own. I liked that Dokey gave a twist to the "classic" tale of Repunzel. I liked the character of the original Repunzel, she was a spunky girl. Her relationship with Harry reminds me of my relationship with my husband because we are both very sarcastic and very proud people. I liked the interactions between Rue and Repunzel, they bickered as if they were truly sisters. However, I did not like the...more
I really enjoyed this retelling of Rapunzel. Last semester I took the course the Art of the Children's Book and wrote a paper comparing three different versions of the classic tale of Rapunzel, therefore, I was very interested in reading this. While the three versions stories and illustrations all varied slightly, overall, they were very similar. Golden, on the other hand, had a great twist. I loved the fact that in this rendering, Rapunzel is completely bald. Dokey takes away the most well know...more
Well, I would probably rate this two and a half stars. I was a little disappointed with the ending, especially since I found the beginning fairly enthralling. I was annoyed through out the whole book by the fact that Rapunzel was, get this, completely and totally bald this completely miffed me. And it also bothered me how Rapunzel was just a stepping stone for the whole story. It's all "oh Rapunzel even though your the main character you have a completely pointless part in the whole entire book,...more
Linda Dexheimer
Cameron Dokey did a fantastic job re-telling the traditional fairy tale, Rapunzel. The main character of the story is Rapunzel, a girl named after a type of parsley. The story begins when Rapunzel's father is caught stealing rapunzel (parsley) from the sorceress' garden for his pregnant wife. The sorceress, Melisande, tells them that if the mother doesn't have enough room in her heart for her child, that she will take the child. Rapunzel's mother is a beautiful and vain woman and when Rapunzel i...more
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Aug 07, 2014 cheepcheepx499 rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Preteens and younger
Shelves: don-t-like
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Golden by Cameron Dokey is a retelling of Repunzel. Repunzel is the main character. When her mother was pregnant of her, she had an obsession with a herb called "repunzel", and her husband would steal the herb from the sorceress called Melisande which was their neighbor. One day Melisande found him stealing the herb so she made a deal with the mother of Repunzel. She said she may have all the herb she'd like until the baby is born, and she said that once the baby is born she has to love her imme...more
A very interesting spin on the story of Rapunzel, this book has two main characters, one of whom cannot grow hair, and the other of whom is the more traditional long-haired woman. The two girls must work together to un-do the curse.

My only complaint is length...the book was outstanding and it could have been longer.
The odd thing about this book is that its about a girl who is born completely bald. No, I'm not kidding.

That's not exactly what one expects with a retelling of Rapunzel, that's for sure! And, if the hair is a big issue for you, you may be slightly disappointed, because Rapunzel's hair does not really even play a very big role in this plot.

I do love long hair. The Disney version, Tangled, was, shall we say, my Ultimate Hair Fantasy. : )

But, having said that, this version is unique and interestin...more
"Your mother's heart had room in it for herself alone. When I saw this, I did the only thing I could. I made room for you inside my own heart."

To say that Golden is a retelling of the Rapunzel story doesn't completely do it justice. The traditional girl-in-a-tower situation doesn't start until twelve chapters into this eighteen chapter book. Rapunzel is born (and remains) completely bald, and it's another girl that has the famously long hair. The prince appears but he is never blinded, nor is h...more
I didn't like this as much as Storyteller's Daughter -- it just didn't grab my interest. I did enjoy the ending very much, so I don't regret reading it. It's a quick read; an interesting twist on Rapunzel.
Out of all the fairytale retellings, I have to say this is the most different compared to the original tale. Rapunzel is bald; Omg! THis caught me by surprise at first. Rapunzel is famous for her long flowing locks; and now she doesn't have them? What! Well, the bald version of Rapunzel has an interesting sort of tale. I loved her relationship with Harry, a boy her age who is practically her best friend.

The only thing I really have to complain about was (SPOLILER!) the part where Rapunzel had t...more
She has NO HAIR? To be honest, this book kinda disappointed me.
Rebecca /will you follow me one last time\
By Cameron Dokey
Completed 12- 29-13

A retelling of Rapunzel.
3.5 stars

The premise of the story is interesting. We have a bald Rapunzel being raised like a daughter to a sorceress. For a while there is nothing about hair or a tower or a prince. And it quickly convinced me that Rapunzel would never grow hair. So how is this a retelling of the famous story?

I also found it very intriguing that the sorceress’s gift was to see into the hearts of others, and she could reflect that heart back to the...more
*Originally posted at Rachael Turns Pages *

I fell in love with the story of Rapunzel from my very first encounter with the story when I saw Barbie as Rapunzel to Disney's Tangled. I was excited to read Golden for the specific reason that it was a Rapunzel retelling. I fell in love with Cameron's Dokey's changes to the story.

As it turns out Rapunzel's mother has a heart made of stone and can make no room in her heart for Rapunzel. Her mother has hair that is long and beautiful, but Rapunzel is b...more
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Cameron Dokey is an American author living in Seattle, Washington. She has a collection of over 50 old sci-fi and horror films. Cameron was born in the Central Valley of California. Cameron grew up reading classical literature and mythology, perhaps due to her father, Richard, being a teacher of Philosophy, Creative Writing, and Western Literature.

Cameron has one husband and three cats, and is th...more
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