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Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky
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Jun 21, 2011

Most readers are familiar with this fairy tale. Rapunzel, taken from her parents at birth, is locked in a tower by an evil sorceress. The only means of entering the tower is by climbing Rapunzel’s long, luscious locks. One day a handsome prince hears Rapunzel singing in the tower and devises a plan to meet her. Upon meeting, they fall in love, get married, and, after a brief scuffle with the sorceress, live happily ever after. What makes Zelinsky’s version so special? The answer is quite simply the breathtaking illustrations. Zelinsky brings this tale to life with his realistic and intricate Italian Renaissance inspired oil paintings. It is no surprise that Zelinsky received the 1998 Caldecott Medal for his stunning work. Zelinsky’s choice of interpretation can be examined in the author’s note, as well as the history and evolution of this tale. (Ages 6 and up)

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