based on The Brothers Grimm tale; illustrated by Sarah Gibb
(Albert Whitman) 2011
Source: Review copy provided by the publisher
A beautiful young wife lies gravely ill in her bed. Her husband is desperate to help his love who is expecting their first child. She says the only way to save her life is to eat of the salad greens from the enchanted garden next door. The husband acquires the greens, but at a price. A witch owns the garden and makes him promise to give her the couple's first child as payment for his wife's life. When the child is born, the couple's happiness is short-lived as the witch comes and whisks the child away to a secret castle. She gives the baby the name of Rapunzel and keeps her in a tower.
What first draws you to this book is the fabulous classic cover. A combination of pastels and silhouetted figures comprise the elegant illustrations inside. The text will appeal to students as there is plenty of action and suspense. Rapunzel will fit nicely in your fairy tale unit. I like to read several tales and find similarities and differences between the texts. This dovetails nicely with the use of graphic organizers. You can also teach themes (good vs. evil) when working with fairy tales. If you are looking for a book gift for a girl between the ages of 4-7, you should buy a copy of Rapunzel. It will fit nicely in the bedtime story rotation. All the girls in my household gave Rapunzel a big thumbs up.
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