• Title: Rapunzel
  • Author: Alix Berenzy
  • Released: 1998-04-01
  • Language: English
  • Pages: 0
  • ISBN: 0613931793
  • ISBN13: 978-0613931793
  • ASIN: 0613931793
From Publishers Weekly Sidestepping the Brothers Grimm and eschewing the sugary fripperies of many versions of Rapunzel, Berenzy (A Frog Prince) takes the original German story as her basis for this potent retelling. The happy ending is even harder won, and the obstacles to true love far harsher: here, Mother Gothel (the fairy who confines Rapunzel to the tower) discovers Rapunzel's plan to elope with the prince, cuts Rapunzel's tresses and casts her into the desert, then sees to it that the prince is blinded. Mother Gothel, with her knife-edged features and fortress-like stance, is no less than terrifying in Berenzy's depictions?it's also worth noting that Mother Gothel escapes all punishment. The illustrations, rendered on black paper with colored pencils and gouaches, emphasize the movement between darkness and light, reflecting the tensions in the text. She hauntingly recreates the shadowy interior of Rapunzel's tower and nighttime in Mother Gothel's garden. The prince, in an emerald tunic, represents a splash of spring in Rapunzel's somber surroundings. Strong meat, this is perhaps better suited to readers slightly older than those in the target range. Ages 3-7.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

From School Library Journal Grade 1-3?Berenzy retells the traditional German tale in which a woman must give up her baby daughter in exchange for the rapunzel greens she desires so much. In this version, Mother Gothel is a fairy instead of a witch, but she is nonetheless quite malevolent looking. After the prince discovers the princess and the way into the tower, they meet every evening until they are caught. Rapunzel is banished to a barren land, and in despair, the prince jumps from the tower, blinding himself on thorns. He wanders for years until one day, he hears Rapunzel's singing. Her tears heal his eyes, and they, along with their twins born while Rapunzel was in exile, return to the prince's kingdom. Children might ask where the twins came from and why a fairy who is pictured with wings in one scene needs to climb up Rapunzel's hair. The illustrations are rendered in colored pencil and gouache on black paper, a technique that results in lots of texture and an overall dark mood. The style, colors, and detail are similar to Paul O. Zelinsky's work, though not as crisp. The success of the illustrations is mixed; some seem to lack energy or emotion, while others are too sweet. The depictions of the evil fairy are wonderfully detailed, and Berenzy effectively creates light and shadows. The text is faithful to the Grimm brothers, though Berenzy claims a source predating them, but it lacks some of the magic of Barbara Rogasky's retelling (Holiday, 1982). Trina Schart Hyman's illustrations for that edition are more intricate and mature.?Cheri Estes, Detroit Country Day School Middle School, Beverly Hills, MI
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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