October 1, 2002
October 1, 2002
Trapped in a tower with no door, Rapunzel is allowed to see no one but the sorceress who has imprisoned her-until the day a young prince hears her singing to the forest birds. . . . The timeless tale of Rapunzel is vividly and magnificently brought to life through Paul O. Zelinsky's powerful sense of narrative and his stunning oil paintings.
"Simply put, this is a gorgeous book; it demonstrates respect for the traditions of painting and the fairy tale while at the same time adhering to a singular, wholly original, artistic vision." (The Horn Book, starred review)
A version of the Rapunzel story based on 17th-century French and Italian sources as well as on the more familiar tale by the Brothers Grimm. Here the woman who locks Rapunzel in the tower is not a witch but rather a sorceress/mother figure who is attempting to resist her "adopted" daughter's growth into womanhood. When the prince discovers Rapunzel locked in the tower, he climbs up to her on her long hair and they fall in love and marry. It is only when Rapunzel becomes pregnant that the sorceress discovers their secret, and casts Rapunzel out of the tower. The sorceress then tricks the prince into climbing into the tower, where she confronts him and throws him from the window, leaving him blinded. The blind prince is eventually reunited with Rapunzel, who has given birth to twins, and when she cries tears of joy on his face, his sight is restored, leaving them to live "a long life, happy and content." Illustrated with oil paintings. Winner of the 1998 Caldecott Medal.
- Online Item #: 11495242
- Store Item Number (DPCI): 248-05-5743
- ISBN: 9780142301937
- Item can be gift wrapped.
- Made in the USA or Imported