How the library (not the prince) saved Rapunzel


This Rapunzel sits in a high tower block on the 16th floor and refuses to let her hair down for anyone! However, when the soldiers eventually reach her on the 16th floor, they deliver an important letter which changes Rapunzel’s life completely.


In another interesting subversion of the classic fairy tale, this Rapunzel appears absorbed in passively growing her hair but she also resists letting suitors and visitors climb her hair. When the soldiers finally climb the stairs to deliver a letter, Rapunzel finds she has a job at the library. This marks the beginning of Rapunzel’s adventure as independence, and journeys of learning and discovery are emphasised, bringing her out of the world of the tower and into the world, physical and intellectual.

Edited by: Centre for Children’s Literature and Culture Studies (Ireland)

Author(s): Meddour, Wendy

Illustrator(s): Ashdown, Rebecca

Publisher: Frances Lincoln's Children's Books

City: London

Year: 2015

Pages: 32

ISBN: 9781847806628

Age Range: 6 - 10

Language: EN

Original Language: EN

Keywords: Empowerment, Female characters, Relationships, Rewriting

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