Of course, this is not the work of an amateur--Zelinsky's lush versions of Hansel and Gretel, Rumpelstiltskin, and Swamp Angel all earned him Caldecott Honors. His gorgeous, Italian Renaissance-styled illustrations are characterized by warm golden tones and the mesmerizing sensation of trompe l'oeuil. Not only does he have the touch of a world-class illustrator, Zelinsky has also proven himself a master storyteller. We are frightened when the sorceress demands to take the baby Rapunzel, we are alarmed when the flowing locks are cruelly shorn, and we rejoice when the prince and his now modest-haired love are reunited. The notes at the back of Rapunzel reveal his careful scholarship regarding the long history of the story (tracing its origins and transformations from Italy to France and finally to Germany and the Grimm brothers)--work that no doubt contributed to his clean, compelling version of the age-old tale. Children will be captivated by the magical story and evocative pictures and adults will delight in the fresh feel of a well-loved legend. (Click to see a sample spread. Illustration © 1997 by Paul O. Zelinsky, published by Dutton Children's Books, a division of Penguin Putnam Books for Young Readers.) (Ages 4 and older) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Purchased this as a Christmas gift. The illustrations and presentation are beautiful although the reading level is high for the "fairy tale" age bracket.Published 14 months ago by Marian L. Schmid
Rapunzel was listed as a recommended book for first and second grade students. Rapunzel was listed on the summer recommended reading list. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Wade Dion Lund
I bought this for Christmas for my 4yo and she absolutely loves this book. This is an often-requested book in our house and I don't mind reading it over and over. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Sarah Seifert
Lovely illustrations and telling of a Classic children's story. My grandchildren love to read and reread this book.and I enjoy reading it to them.Published 17 months ago by Kenneth Faucett
This is one of my favorite stories. The art work is just beautiful. I love reading this to my wonderful little girls.Published 19 months ago by L. Means