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Format: Hardcover
ISBN-10: 0525456074
ISBN-13: 9780525456070
Sku: 30095561
Publish Date: 10/1/1997
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 12.5H x 9.5L x 0.5T
Pages:  48
Age Range:  10 to 13
 
A retelling of the classic fairy tale offers a new perspective on the classic tale in that Repunzel is a girl trapped in the tower by her overprotective mother in an attempt to stop her child from growing into a woman of her own. *Author: Zelinsky, Paul O. *Series Title: Caldecott Medal Book *Publication Date: 1997/10/01 *Binding Type: Hardbound *Grade Level: 2-3 *Language: English *Depth: 0.50 *Width: 9.50 *Height: 12.50
From the Publisher:
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 narrative capability 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 beginning of 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.One of the most original and gifted of children's book illustrators has once again brought forth a unique vision for an age-old tale. Zelinsky's retelling of "Rapunzel" captures the possessiveness, confinement, and separation of a late 17th-century French tale by Mlle. la Force, where a mother powerfully resists her child's inevitable growth. Full color. 1998 Caldecott Award.
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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.
Author Bio
Paul O. Zelinsky
Paul O. Zelinsky studied art at Yale University, where one of his instructors was Maurice Sendak. After graduating from Yale, Zelinsky attended the Tyler School of Art in both Philadelphia and Rome. He has illustrated the works of such authors as Avi, Beverly Cleary, and Jack Prelutsky. His illustrations for RUMPELSTILTSKIN earned that book a Caldecott Honor Award. Zelinsky's picture book, THE MAID AND THE MOUSE AND THE OLD ODD-SHAPED HOUSE, was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book, as was THE STORY OF MRS. LOVEWRIGHT AND PURRLESS HER CAT. He won the 1998 Caldecott Medal for his version of RAPUNZEL.

Praise

San Francisco Chronicle Book Review
"...an exquisite, formal work that stands apart from other available picture book versions....The stately oil paintings transport viewers back to the time of Raphael, Rembrandt, Botticelli and other Renaissance painters." - Grace Ruth 12/21/1997

New York Times Book Review
"By filling his illustrations with visual fine points and making them historically specific, Zelinsky also reminds readers of the idea that this story, or something like this story, actually could have happened. A mother figure who wants to keep her 12-year-old daughter away from the world, a daughter who falls in love anyway, even a girl who gets pregnant at a young age--are all characters whose feelings can seem real, whether long ago or today." - Maud Lavin 11/16/1997

Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Graphically articulated with lavish attention to detail, this is strongly balanced with a formal but flowing text..." - Betsy Hearne January 1998

Five Owls
"Successfully designed to make readers stop and think, this version of the 'Rapunzel' tale bears many implied messages that deserve careful examination....The illustrations are lovely and loving." - Kristin Ellerbusch Gallagher January/February 1998

Product Attributes

Product attributeBook Format:   Hardcover
Product attributeMinimum Age:   06
Product attributeNumber of Pages:   0048
Product attributePublisher:   Dutton Books
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