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Rapunzel by John Cech
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Apr 15, 12

bookshelves: childrens, folklore-fables-myths-etc
Read in April, 2012

There is so much about this book that is outstanding. The first line -- you never know where a story will begin or end. This story begins with a head of lettuce; The warning to the readers not to promise "anything' because you don't know if it will be a promise you can keep; the beautiful illustrations. The sad beginning of the book, with the sickly mother to be, is offset by the prince falling out of the window, rather than throwing himself out of it in despair. Finally, the author's note is fascinating. The fact that this story dates to at least 1637 (the first published version), and that the Italian and French versions have the pregnant woman craving parsley, and that there are Greek, Egyptian and a Kentucky mountain version is simply fascinating.
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