Rapunzel: Paul O. Zelinsky


Author/Illustrator: Paul O. Zelinsky
Publisher: Dutton
Publication Year: 1997
Brief Summary:  In this retelling of the classic folktale, Rapunzel is locked in a tower but falls in love with the prince who discovers her.  Beautiful and detailed illustrations.

Awards, Honors and Prizes:

ABC Children’s Booksellers Choices Award, 1998 Winner Folktales and Poetry United States
Cuffies: Children’s Booksellers Choose Their Favorite (and not-so-favorite) Books of the Year, 1997 Winner Best Bet to Win the Caldecott Medal United States
Randolph Caldecott Medal, 1998 Winner United States

Best Books:
Best Children’s Books of the Year, 1998 ; Bank Street College of Education
Booklist Book Review Stars, November 15, 1997 ; American Library Association
Books to Read Aloud to Children of All Ages, 2003 ; Bank Street College of Education
Bulletin Blue Ribbons, 1997 ; Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Capitol Choices, 1997 ; The Capitol Choices Committee
Children’s Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, 2001 ; H.W. Wilson
Children’s Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 ; H.W. Wilson
Children’s Literature Choice List, 1998 ; Children’s Literature
Horn Book Fanfare, 1997 ; Horn Book
Los Angeles’ 100 Best Books, 1997 ; IRA Children’s Literature and Reading SIG and the Los Angeles Unified School District
Not Just for Children Anymore!, 1999 ; Children’s Book Council
Notable Children’s Books, 1998 ; ALSC American Library Association
Recommended Literature: Kindergarten through Grade Twelve, 2002 ; California Department of Education
School Library Journal Best Books, 1997 ; Cahners
School Library Journal Book Review Stars, November 1997 ; Cahners
State Provisional Reading List: 
Texas Reading Club, 1999; Texas

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library:

  • Unit on folktales…how does this version compare to other versions, including the Disney movie one?
  • Parts of the story: beginning, middle, end — younger kids can try to summarize the story; older kids can talk about how the author builds the suspense of the story to the climax.
  • Can go over the origins of the story in the back of the book with older students.
  • How do the illustrations lend to the mood/tone for the story?
  • Discussion about the characters: how would we characterize the parents, the witch, Rapunzel, and the prince?

Brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core/etc.

  • Text-to-text connections
  • Text-to-self connections

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.: history of the story included in the back
Accessed at: Personal Library


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