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Petrosinella: A Neopolitan Rapunzel (Picture Puffins) Paperback – December 1, 1997


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 - 8 years
  • Series: Picture Puffins
  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Puffin (December 1, 1997)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0140554912
  • ISBN-13: 978-0140554915
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 7 x 0.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,402,398 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

As the expression goes, "Everything old is new again," and two publishers are taking that adage literally for a pair of May releases. In the case of James and the Rain, British artist Reg Cartwright (Mr. Potter's Pigeon) adds whimsically rambunctious new illustrations to Karla Kuskin's droll verse, originally published in 1957 (Simon & Schuster, $15, ages 3-7 ISBN 0-671-88808-0). At Dial, meanwhile, a classic fairytale retains its artwork but receives a new telling?Diane Stanley's stylish paintings continue to grace Petrosinella: A Neapolitan Rapunzel, but now her own narrative spin replaces John Edward Taylor's 1847 translation, used in the book's 1981 publication ($14.99, 32p, ages 4-8 ISBN 0-8037-1712-1).
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal

Kindergarten-Grade 3?Stanley offers a Neapolitan version of Rapunzel that predates the Grimms by 200 years. Petrosinella ("parsley" in Italian) is similar in many ways to the more familiar Grimm tale, but here the women play a more active part in the plot. It is Petrosinella's pregnant mother (not her father) who steals the parsley from the ogress?the event that leads to the girl's imprisonment. Likewise, it is the girl who discovers the secret to her release (three hidden acorns) and who implements the steps that cause the destruction of the enchantress. Stanley's watercolors and colored inks are rendered in royal blues and verdant greens?a fitting backdrop for the young woman and the prince with whom she falls in love, and an effective contrast to the ugly hag. Visual parallels, however, abound; note the folds in the cliffs, the ogress's face, and the bulldog's jowls in the scene with the first acorn. Pair this story with Rafe Martin's Rough-Face Girl (Putnam, 1992) and traditional tellings of "Rapunzel" and "Cinderella" for a group discussion of fairy-tale variants. An introductory note details the sources.?Wendy Lukehart, Dauphin County Library, Harrisburg, PA
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Diane Stanley is the author and illustrator of more than fifty books for children, noted especially for her series of picture book biographies. SHAKA: KING OF THE ZULUS was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book; LEONARDO DA VINCI received the Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction from the National Council for Teachers of English. Ten of her books have been honored as "Notable Books" by the American Library Association and she has twice received both the Boston Globe/Hornbook Award and the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators' Golden Kite Award. She is the recipient of the Washington Post/Children's Book Guild Award for Nonfiction for the body of her work.

She lives in Santa Fe, NM. Visit her website at dianestanley.com.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Heidi Anne Heiner VINE VOICE on May 5, 2000
Format: Paperback
Petrosinella came before Rapunzel and is a spunkier character. Like Rapunzel, she is held captive by the witch after being taken from her mother. Petrosinella, however, uses her wits to escape her captor and live happily ever after. This story originally appeared in Giambattista Basile's Il Pentamerone almost 400 years ago. The illustrations are beautiful and reflect both today's tastes as well as the age of the story. I recommend this book for anyone looking for an old twist on a tale that is more exciting than the one we are most familiar with. END
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Charles on April 27, 2004
Format: Paperback
This story shows the truth behind the fairy tale, "Rapunzel", before it was changed by the Grimms to reflect their patriarchal ideologies. Rapunzel is a strong, active character not just a woman who needs to be rescued. I think this book is a great way to look back in time nd see how fairy tales have changed and how the message they are sending to young people has been altered.
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By andrea voss on January 16, 2014
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
I ordered Petrosinella and received Rapunzel! If I wanted Rapunzel, that is what I would have ordered. It was an old library book with a school stamp on it. I know I ordered used, but I did expect to get the book I ordered. I will never order from here again!
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By B. Long on January 9, 2010
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
This is a wonderful book. If you are looking for a different take on a classic fairy tale, with a strong heroine, buy this book. It's a unique twist on the Rapunzel story. Also the illustrations are beautiful. Worth it for the artwork alone. Incidentally, the used copy I bought was in excellent condition and arrived promptly.
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