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Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky
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Feb 16, 2009

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Evaluation: A gardener feeds his pregnant wife rapunzel from a witch's garden, but gets caught and promises his child to the witch. The witch raises the beautiful girl, named Rapunzel, and locks her in a tower where only she can visit by climbing Rapunzel's hair. One day, a prince hears Rapunzel singing, and figures out that to climb, he must call for her hair to be let down. He does call, and when he climbs up the tower, Rapunzel and the prince soon fall in love and are wed in a secret ceremony. The witch knows none of this until Rapunzel becomes pregnant and the witch banishes her to a far off land. The prince comes back to visit and falls when he sees the witch, blinding him. He wanders the land until he hears Rapunzel singing. She cries into his eyes and he is healed. They go back to the prince's kingdom with their small twins.
Evaluation: This book features gorgeous classical artwork with lots of detail that really adds to this classic fairytale. I love how in each picture there is at least one animal, and usually more.

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