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RAPUNZEL by The Brothers Grimm


by The Brothers Grimm, illustrated by Debbie Lavreys

Age Range: 3 - 6

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2010
ISBN: 978-1-60537-074-3
Publisher: Clavis

In this retelling of the traditional tale, the familiar elements are present and accounted for. The witch is evil, Rapunzel is lovely and sweet, the Prince is handsome and the ending is happy. Brief, precise sentences in the sparest of language form the text, translated from Dutch. The narration is matter-of-fact, without much in the way of style or voice, yet it presents the characters and events simply and effectively, especially for a young child who might be hearing the story for the first time. Each paragraph tells one episode and is placed in large, bold type that stands out on one page of a double-page spread. Lavreys’s bright, fresh, stylized illustrations are whimsical and deceptively simple. Careful perusal will note many charming details: Curled window bars and a narrow road that curves into the distance and reaches to the Prince’s castle mimic the coil of Rapunzel’s long hair, for instance, and a childlike fantasy sun watches the proceedings and is pleased with the outcome. A satisfying introduction to an old tale that begs to be read aloud. (Picture book. 3-6)