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Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky
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Nov 26, 10

bookshelves: folklore

Title: Rapunzel
Author: Brothers Grimm (original) and Paul O. Zelinsky
Illustrator: Paul O. Zelinsky
Publisher: Dutton Juvenile
Year Originally Published: 1961
Approximate Interest Level / Reading Level: 2nd - 4th grade

The story of Rapunzel as told by the Brothers Grimm is a classic story that is slightly adapted by Paul O. Zelinsky. In this version, Rapunzel is locked up and has her hair cut off by the witch before her prince attempts to rescue her. She and the prince grow older and eventually are reunited, yet this is not before the witch blinds the prince rendering him unable to find Rapunzel. When they find one another, her tears fall into his eyes, curing him of his blindness, and as many fairy tales end, they live “happily ever after.”

This story is a good adaptation of the legendary tale by the Brothers Grimm. Numerous Renaissance-style illustrations are pleasing to the eye and Zelinsky’s unsoiled textual work will please young children interested in folklore. In a classroom setting, this type of work would be suited for discussion about how stories may change over time, while still retaining the original plot. Students will likely find the story entertaining for its depiction of magic and fanciful characters as well.
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