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Rapunzel: Based on the Original Story by the Brothers Grimm
by Sarah Gibb
Genre: Children’s Picture Book – Classic Fairy Tale
Pages: 32 Jacketed Hardcover
Date Published: March 1st, 2011
Publisher: Albert Whitman & Company
Beautiful Rapunzel is locked away in a tall, tall tower, visited only by the little creatures of the forest and the witch who has imprisoned her. Until one day a handsome prince, passing by on his horse, is transfixed by the magical sound of Rapunzel singing to her animals friends and knows he must reach her… Can true love transform Rapunzel’s life forever?
Read on April 21, 2013 – I own a copy.
Because of the Disney version of the Rapunzel story told in the film Tangled, we are all really big fans of Rapunzel. We have read a few stories from the library about Rapunzel as well as a few in treasuries and one specific version from Paul O. Zelinsky which I hope to add to our shelves eventually (as well as his Rumpelstiltskin and a few others…) and this one was similiar, but also different. I enjoyed how this story had the fairy tale feeling (still a little scary for some, but not with the surprise pregnancy, which I’d rather not have for my youngest preschooler age).
For this book specifically from Sarah Gibb, it’s absolutely beautiful. I was not familiar with her art before, but now I definitely want to go back and buy the books by Ursula Jones illustrated by Sarah Gibb including The Princess Who Had No Kingdom and Beauty and the Beast by Ursula Jones. The artwork is gorgeous and challenging. It is different that one usually finds with a lot of play with shadow and coloring in reverse, but still lovely tone choices and shapes.
This Sarah Gibb version of Rapunzel brings the story off the page and is a true treasure from Albert Whitman & Co. and I’m coming to find more and more that they have some amazing quality books both in actual material quality as well as that which is on the page. I love this one and wouldn’t hesitate to recommend it for every princess’ shelf.
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