Brief Summary: From Amazon-“This brilliant edition of a timeless story is sure to become the favorite of a generation. Readers young and old will be enchanted by the vision and mastery of Kinuko Y. Craft’s luminous paintings, inspired by the lavish artwork of late seventeenth-century France and embellished with extraordinary borders and ornamentation. Rich with radiant color and astonishing detail, here is a dream come true for anyone who has ever believed in living happily ever after.”
Ideas for using this book in classroom or library –While I could not find any curriculum connections on any blog, I do think this book might be helpful for an art teacher to use. For instance, I think an art teacher could work in conjunction with the school librarian to use this book to study classical art.
Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it. –The illustrations in this picture book are incredibly detailed. Even though this book was published 20 years ago, I think this book holds up as far as giving the reader (or student) a “classic” version of the fairy tale. As I have mentioned in previous posts, this could be used in conjunction with more diverse fairy tales. Additionally, Craft’s text is equally rich to her illustrations. One of my favorite illustrations is the vivid full-page illustration of the flying coach taking off to the castle in the distance, the scene awash in blazing golden light, touching all the fauna and flora in the foreground.
Brief Summary: From Scholastic: “A unique retelling of the classic story of Rapunzel, the girl with the long, golden hair.”
Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – As I have mentioned in the posts on both Snow White picture books, fairy tales are an integral part of a child’s upbringing and so this book also could have its place beside the Poole and Barrett version of Snow White. Again, a diverse take on this classic story could be used hand in hand with this one. I think it is important to relate the original or “classic” story first and then introduce variations. Like many fairy tales, there are similar stories across many cultures. The one that I would want to pair along with this one is Patricia Storace and illustrated by Raul Colon’s Sugar Cane: A Caribbean Rapunzel, which will also be on my list.
Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it. –There are no words for Zelinsky’s illustrations. The illustrations are not only a testament to the Renaissance style of art, but really make this rather grim (no pun intended) fairy tale come alive with action and feeling. What keeps this book flowing and interesting for a reader are the way the illustrations are designed around the text. There is paneling, with a small illustration on one page and larger on the other. Or even when almost an entire two pages are filled with illustrations, there is white space left as a border, and a small paragraph of text underneath one illustration. There is one spread where the tower rises up the left page, showing the small figure of the witch yelling up at Rapunzel, while on the right is a full page that shows a resigned Rapunzel, gazing out of her tower window while the gangly witch climbs ungracefully up Rapunzel’s braided hair.
Title: Snow-White and the Seven Dwarfs: A Tale from the Brothers Grimm
Author: Randall Jarrell
Illustrator: Nancy Ekholm Burkert
Publisher: A Sunburst Book, Michael di Capua Books, Farrar, Strauss and Giroux
Publication year: 1972, Sunburst edition: 1987
Brief Summary: From Amazon: “A beautifully illustrated retelling of the classic Grimm’s fairy tale about a beautiful princess whose lips were red as blood, skin was white as snow, and hair was as black as ebony.”
Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – As discussed on my other post for the other Snow White book by Josephine Poole, this is another one that could be used in contrast to diverse fairy tales/folklore. However, the publication year is older than the Poole and Barrett version, leaning to this being a book that would probably/maybe not be included in a public or school library today because of weeding practices.
Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it. – The illustrations here are quite different than in Poole and Barrett’s version. These illustrations do not have Romantic leanings, but are more like medieval illumination work such as one might see on a tapestry. This lends a completely different atmosphere. The foremost difference between the two of these works is the style and color choices, but there are also fewer illustrations in comparison to the Poole and Barrett version. Additionally, the illustrations are two page spreads, with alternating two pages of text. However, I will say that on on the pages that are text, the design is interesting, because some of the text is blocked and italicized, such as for when the mirror speaks to the Evil Queen. However, while I can appreciate this book for its stunning illustrations, I think there could only be room for one of these Snow White versions in a classroom or school library and for that reason I would choose the Poole and Barrett version.