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Surely among the most original and gifted of children's book illustrators, Paul O. Zelinsky has once again with unmatched emotional authority, control of space, and narrativecapability brought forth a unique vision for an age-old tale. Few artists at work today can touch the level at which his paintings tell a story and exert their hold.

Zelinsky's retelling of Rapunzel reaches back beyond the Grimms to a late-seventeenth-century French tale by Mlle. la Force, who based hers on the Neapolitan tale Petrosinella in a collection popular at the time. The artist understands the story's fundamentals to be about possessiveness, confinement, and separation, rather than about punishment and deprivation. Thus the tower the sorceress gives Rapunzel here is not a desolate, barren structure of denial but one of esoteric beauty on the outside and physical luxury within. And the world the artist creates through the elements in his paintings the palette, control of light, landscape, characters, architecture,interiors, costumes speaks to us not of an ugly witch who cruelly imprisons a beautiful young girl, but of a mother figure who powerfully resists her child's inevitable growth, and of a young woman and man who must struggle in the wilderness for the self-reliance that is the true beginningof their adulthood.

As ever, and yet always somehow in newly arresting fashion, Paul O. Zelinsky's work thrillingly shows us the events of the story while guiding us beyond them to the truths that have made it endure.

Paperback, 48 pages
Published on October 14, 2002 by Puffin Books
ISBN-10: 0142301930
ISBN-13: 9780590386029
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  • RapunzelTuesday, July 17, 2018 at 5:07 am
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    • MiajailynSaturday, October 26, 2013 at 1:22 pm
      The book was awesome and , Mrs.Hunt did a good job telling the story!!!!!!!
      • edmodo-fycb2tavfl
        edmodo-fycb2tavflSaturday, October 26, 2013 at 1:12 pm44 stars
        This Rapunzel story is awesome! I always like a good classic fairy-tale story
        • katjune62
          katjune62Wednesday, May 9, 2012 at 7:42 pm55 stars
          This Rapunzel story is great! I always like a good classic fairy-tale once between The 39 Clues series and when I'm just scrolling through the library.
          • mrsazel
            Mrs. AzelWednesday, January 11, 2012 at 8:45 am
            Awesome take on the classic Rapunzel. Try it!!!