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Title:
How the library (not the prince) saved Rapunzel
Author:
Meddour, Wendy, author.
Personal Author:
Publication Information:
London : Frances Lincoln Children's Books, 2014.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
Summary:
Rapunzel sits alone in a tall tower block, and no one--not the postman, the baker, her auntie or even the prince--can bring back her sparkle. But when Rapunzel does finally open the postman's letter, it contains an offer that changes her life. Find out how the library saved Rapunzel!
Language:
English
ISBN:
9781847804327
Format :
Book

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With the wind in his hair, and blowing his hooter, Along came the prince on the back of a scooter. "Rapunzel, Rapunzel, please let down your hair!" Called the prince from down on the bottom stair. But Rapunzel just sat - As still as a wall; She didn't think much of the prince at all. Rapunzel sits on the sixteenth floor of an inner city block, bored, dreaming and looking out at the rain.ÿ No one can rouse her from her apathy, not the milkman or the postman or the baker or her aunt - or even the prince. But when at last a letter is delivered, it contains news that has Rapunzel on her feet again. She has a new job at the library! And suddenly her life is busy, sparkling, exciting and stimulating. "For despite her long hair and her ravishing looks, she loved nothing better than reading good books!"


Author Notes

Wendy Meddour is the author and illustrator of A Hen in the Wardrobe and The Black Cat Detectives in the critically acclaimed Cinnamon Grove series. A Hen in the Wardrobe won the John C. Laurence Award for writing that improves relations between races and was shortlisted for the Muslim Writers' Award and for the Branford Boase Award for a first novel. Also the author of the Wendy Quill books, she lives in Wiltshire, U.K.Rebecca Ashdown studied at Norwich School of Art, Westminister University and Central St Martins, and then worked as a graphic and motion designer, film-maker and freelance vector artist. She is now concentrating on illustration and uses drawing, printmaking and digital techniques to create her pictures. How the Library (not the Prince) Saved Rapunzel is Rebecca's first published book. She lives in Stroud, Gloucestershire.


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School Library Journal Review

K-Gr 2-Rather than in a faraway kingdom, this Rapunzel lives in a modern English city on the 16th floor of an apartment building with a broken elevator. She sits day after day staring out the window with "nowhere to go" and "nothing to prove." Multiple people come to her "tower" and offer food, letters, and flowers and plead, "Rapunzel, Rapunzel, please let down your hair," but she doesn't move. It finally takes the entire community climbing the stairs to bring her back to life. The letter that she wouldn't initially accept is a job offer at the library. She takes it and her life changes, allowing her to share the power of books with others. It may be hard for children to relate to Rapunzel, since she doesn't speak or react until well into the book. Her strength isn't shown until the end of the story and offers a positive message about the life-changing power of books, reading, and librarians. The rhyming text flows smoothly across the pages, but readers may stumble on some of the Briticisms, such as lift, hooter, and spanner. The colorful illustrations offer a diverse mix of characters, but the book misses the mark.-Andy Plemmons, David C. Barrow Elementary, Athens, GA (c) Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.