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Rapunzel Presented by Frendees Dual Language English/German [Translated] Kindle Edition
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'Maja Dusikova's Rapunzel retells a classic fairy tale and adds lovely, soft-edged drawings... Good reading skills or parental assistance will lend to the beautiful story of a braided beauty with a beautiful voice and a brave prince who breaks her isolation.'
– Midwest Book Review
- File Size : 155 KB
- Publication Date : March 24, 2011
- Print Length : 27 pages
- Word Wise : Not Enabled
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B004TSCNQ8
- Text-to-Speech : Not enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #377,804 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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This book shows the two sides of Rapunzel's adoptive mother well. You can see the love for her "daughter" in one picture and then the anger of a demon as catches Rapunzel's biological father stealing more of her plants and as she learns of Rapunzel's relationship with the prince. The fact that Rapunzel was given away by her pregnancy is much more realistic than by a moment of forgetfulness; she'd know better than to do that with the sorceress around.
The prince and Rapunzel actually look quite natural and beautiful (the Renaissance setting suits them), much better looking than the rather fluffy and overdone Barbie and Ken version. Fairy tale heroes and heroines too often seem to be modeled after Ken and Barbie. Zelinsky's representation of them is quite refreshing; not these stiff cardboard-cutout stock characters, but showing much more personality than usual. To me, it's very reminiscent of the Leonard Whitting/Olivia Hussey version of Romeo and Juliette.
And what hair Rapunzel has! Wonderfully thick! It's beautifully painted and colored! Red-gold looks better for Rapunzel to me than Barbie's tow-colored "hair".
And Rapunzel's cat in the background is rather nice touch (being a cat-lover, myself).
Paul Zelinsky can't cease to amaze me with his artwork. And he's totally humanized the story! The characters have more depth and personality than they are usually portrayed having. The text and images he uses to do so are simply exquisite. Aside from his gift at art, he also knows how to use words. A commendable gift.
I was blown away by the illustrations and unique storytelling. I loved it immediately and do did my daughter. She actually likes it better than the movie!