- Title: Rapunzel
- Author: Rachel Isadora
- ISBN: 9780399247729
- Page: 109
- Format: Hardcover
Caldecott Honor winner Rachel Isadora s gorgeous collages breathe new life into this classic tale, capturing Rapunzel s striking beauty and the lush African setting a new home for this story with wonderful details such as Rapunzel s long dreadlocks and the prince s noble steed a zebra Readers will delight in the vibrant illustrations, thrill at the appearances of the fCaldecott Honor winner Rachel Isadora s gorgeous collages breathe new life into this classic tale, capturing Rapunzel s striking beauty and the lush African setting a new home for this story with wonderful details such as Rapunzel s long dreadlocks and the prince s noble steed a zebra Readers will delight in the vibrant illustrations, thrill at the appearances of the frightening sorceress, and chime in with the familiar line Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair, as they follow this well loved tale.
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This is the second retelling of Rapunzel I've read, and unfortunately, I just felt that it did not do the story justice. This is a dark story - an evil witch, or in this case an evil sorceress, steals a baby, and locks her in a tower cut off from the world. When she chances to find happiness anyway, that is snatched away as well and then only by luck is there a happy ending. For all its darkness though, this story read like a summary. There was no feeling of danger, or fear, and the "terrifying [...]
Rapunzel has never been one of my favorite fairytales, though as a girl I was, of course, enchanted with the idea of having hair long enough and strong enough for someone to climb! ;-> Even so, I absolutely LOVED this book! The artwork is AMAZING! It really transported me--magic and princes riding zebras, the African sun--such gorgeous, gorgeous colors. I don't think that the retelling itself is anything that spectacular, other than the setting; paired with less inspired or more traditional a [...]
Ah, growing up in the sanitized 1950s: my version of Rapunzel, read to me when I was about 4 years old, had no pregnancy. Horrors! The how of the pregnancies in this book are also appropriately sanitized.I’m not a huge fan of this fairy tale, or fairy tales I general, but this retelling is good enough, and short enough for the shortest attention spans.The illustrations are what makes this book so great. I love African art, and the amazing collages in this book do look like African art. The set [...]
3.5 out of 5I love the colors! And a prince on a zebra, haha :)))
This version of Rapunzel is written by the Brothers Grimm and retold and illustrated by Rachel Isadora. This story is about Repunzal living in Africa, although the book does not state she is African based on the illustrations lets us know the that setting is in Africa . The story gives a slight twist on Repunzal, and the prince fairy tale. They refer to the witch as a sorceress and Rapunzels, hair hung down with African beads on it. I think this is a good book for children ages 3-7. I think the [...]
Well. One simple swap out and the text takes on some heavy issues. Hair is an area already fraught with culture, politics, gender norms, class issues, and money. Throw in ethnicity and it becomes even more of a fray. Isadora places the Rapunzel tale in Africa and so the tower-length hair is much different then you usually see. Beautiful illustrations show how flexible the story is and suggest that there is no reason a girl in a fairy tale must be blonde.
I love Rachel Isadora's re-tellings of classic fairy tales. This is the third one I've seen and each is a nice, simplified version of the story, something that is hard to find sometimes with folklore. I also love her African settings and portrayals - setting the story in a new culture makes it fresh. In Rapunzel, I was especially struck by Rapunzel's long braids, perfect for climbing. The gorgeous and colorful collages of painted and textured paper bring the African locale to life.
Based quite closely on the Grimms version of Rapunzel, but set in Africa. My students enjoyed comparing and contrasting this with Zelinsky's version of Rapunzel. I really liked the illustrationsry different in style from Zelinsky's, but very bright and colorful.
I like Rachel Isadora's books but this one didn't feel quite right. The illustrations are beautiful, I love the dreads, the culture jumping off the pages. What concerns me is a fairy tale not original to the culture in which it is presenting; rewriting the story to fit an African perspective, and changing the evil witch to an evil sorcerer. So I ask, how is "sorcery" viewed in the culture that is depicted on the pages? Sorcery is the use of magic (usually black). How do you define magic in an Af [...]
Isadora stays true to the classic version of the tale of Rapunzel but changes the setting to take place in Africa which heavily influences the style of art in this book. It was wonderful to see more children's books that not only had protagonists as people of color but also included other cultures. The artwork is very distinct, appearing to be a collage out of different textures of paper. It's no wonder that this book was awarded the Caldecott medal. I think many ages would enjoy this book wheth [...]
Copyright: 2008Genre: Traditional Literature Comment: The original tale of Rapunzel in an African setting. This book tells the tale but the differences is the culture aspect. The beautiful illustrations of the culture and setting is amazing. I enjoyed this story over the original tale. Used: Great children's book to use to use as a Compare and Contrast assignment using a Venn Diagram. I would have students compare and contrast the American Rapunzel to the African Rapunzel.
I love this Rapunzel! And it is just the right length to read to a Rapunzel-obsessed 3 year old - all the other versions were freakishly long. Thanks to my children's staff for the recommendation.
Wow, quite a surprise ending. Neat new setting for Rapunzel Africa!
This adaptation of the classic fairy tale was very interesting! I would read it again!
What a lovely retelling of Rapunzel. The illustrations were fantastic.
I am in love with Rachel's retelling of classic fairy tales. The use of color and textures really enhance the story, making the story attractive and more engaging for children. The flow of the story was well done and easy to read for my kindergartner. The evil sorceress was a tad bit scary, at first, after several readings she is no longer frightened of the character.
I love the pictures. I still don't understand why the story is the Brother's Grimm version. Even if there is no other version of Rapunzel in the world certain elements could have been put into the text that would have made it African. The African flavor of the pictures was awesome. I can't understand why these touches weren't woven into the text. Still Rapunzel is a fabulous story and props to the author for not cutting the pregnancy and the twins.
A Review of RapunzelBy: Tierra Redmond Rachel Isadora, is a children’s book illustrator and writer. She often creates books about art, an entertainment, she even retells fairy tales. When Isadora writes she normally attempts to cater to diverse cultural groups. In Rapunzel, the author, Rachel Isadora uses her artistic ability and provides a twist to the plot. She has used great visual imagery and word imagery to capture the attention of readers. This version of Rapunzel differs from the origi [...]
This story follows the Grimm version pretty well, save for the fact that it is set in Africa. A man and woman wish for a baby, and after their wish is granted, the woman falls ill. She wishes to have the herbs from the garden of the sorceress who lives next door, and her husband obliges to go take rapunzel from the garden. However, the witch catches him in the act and he is tricked into promising his unborn child to her. When the baby girl was born, the witch named her Rapunzel and locked her in [...]
This different version of Rapunzel starts off with a husband and his wife who are wanting to have a baby. The wife gets pregnant but then she gets sick. The only thing that can make her feel better is the rapunzel in the field next to their house. But the field is owned by a wicked sorceress. The man steals the rapunzel anyways to give to his wife. One day the sorceress catches him and tells him that he has to trade his unborn baby in order for his wife not to die. When the baby is born, the sor [...]
I enjoyed reading this book from beginning to end. Rachel Isadora did a really good job of retelling the story that capture Rapunzel from a different view then the normal Rapunzel. In this book children are able to think about what may happen next or even question events that happen in the story. The storyline in this book is really good and the book ends in a happily ever after manner which children enjoy. The illustrations in this book are amazing. They are created using a collage method which [...]
Again, I am disappointed in Isadora's lack of imagination when it comes to retelling fairy/folk tales.In this one Isadora attemps to retell the tale of Rapunzel. She begins by introducing a husband and wife who are expecting a child. The wife craves the "rapunzel" plant in the neighboring yard, but of course it belongs to a witch. There is no explanation whatsoever of what the plant is. Children will be confused.Anyway, so the husband gets caught stealing the plant and is forced to hand over the [...]
Reading level: 2.1Book Summary: Caldecott Honor winner Rachel Isadora illustrates gorgeous collages in this classic tale, and captures the beauty of the lush African setting. Readers will delight in the vibrant illustrations, thrill at the appearances of the frightening sorceress, and chime in with the familiar lineRapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair (dreads)!Characteristics that support this genre: Multicultural, Classics, Fables, Folk Tales, Myths, Princes and PrincessesBookshelf Mentor Wri [...]
this book is good for preschool and primary grades. the pictures are awsome they all look as if they have some form of texature and the collors set the mood for the book and capture the mood of every page. the king and queen are going to have a baby and the queen craves the rapunzel which is a plant in the evil sorceress garden. the king climbed the fence and brought the queen some rapunzel. when he went to climb the gat the 2nd night the sorceress catches him and he promises she can have the ba [...]
Rapunzel, by Rachel Isadora, is a culture twist on the common fairy tale Rapunzel. The book started off with a pregnant mom wanting some rapunzel from the garden of the wicked sorceress. The husband went in the garden anyways and the sorceress told him that his punishment is to now give up the child his wife was baring. The child grew up in a tower, locked away from the world. One day a young prince rode up to the tower and called out to Rapunzel. The two married and she became pregnant. The sor [...]
Beautiful! A friend recommended this to me after I read Rachel Isadora's The 12 Days of Christmas with my daughter a few months ago. That sucked. It sucked so bad that without a recommendation from a knowledgable friend I would have stayed far away from anything with this authors name on it. But this is beautiful. How can something so awful come from someone who wrote something so beautiful? (That's rhetorical by the way. No, I really don't need any know-it-all-snobs to tell me how it's possible [...]
This a retelling of Rapunzel set in Sub-Saharan African. The only changes made to Grimms' standard version seems to be that Rapunzel's parents live in a hut and the prince "threw himself from the tower" rather than the witch pushing him or because he let go out of shock. I am always puzzled why some picture book versions of Rapunzel include how Rapunzel gives the game away by remarking that she has no idea why her dress is getting tight. More PG versions simply say the sorceress discovered the p [...]
Rapunzel, retold and illustrated by Rachel Isadora, tells an African version of Rapunzel. Students will most likely relate this with the movie Tangled. The pictures are busy and collage like, with patterns, and different line strokes. I’m not sure I would use this text in first grade because it talks of Rapunzel's dress being tight because she is with child, which is how the sorceress discovers the prince (Rapunzel's husband) has been visiting. More than that though, I don't like how the princ [...]
This story is popular throughout elementary schools! This version of Rapunzel is told with mythical tones and context. The words may be frightened yet the pictures are bright and detailed from the setting to the clothes the characters had. This story illustrated the book in a way that every page seems to get better and better. This book is a great tool for teachers to use when they want to discuss how different cultures can explain the same story. I would use this book during instruction if my s [...]
This is a very culturized retelling of Rapunzel. While the beginning of the story shows the struggle of not having medicine to keep people healthy. The mother has to give up her only child because she was too ill while pregnant. The child lives a horrible life and has many struggles, till one day she falls in love. While she isn't suppose to see or talk to anyone besides her keeper she ends up getting kicked out and the love of her life tries to kill himself. This story is actually very scary fo [...]
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