May 31, 2007

Gratuitous Literary Posting (TM) - Children's Division


I'm sure most of you parents out there are already aware of it, but I just came across Paul Zelinsky's version of Rapunzel and I must say that the Italianate illustrations are really quite beautiful. Remind me a good deal of Raphael, as a matter of fact. The seven year old had to scold me as I read the book to her, as I kept stopping the narration to stare at the pictures.

BTW, I suppose I simply hadn't paid enough attention previously, but I never before realized that rapunzel is actually a herb. Has anybody decided conclusively exactly which plant the Bros. Grimm were talking about?

Posted by Robert at May 31, 2007 09:39 AM | TrackBack

A friend gave us that book when the seven year old was born. We love any book with illustrations like that and this version of the story is good too.

Posted by: Jordana at May 31, 2007 10:44 AM

Rupunzel is also known as either Rampion or corn salad depending on who you ask. In other words it's part of a spring salad mix. I always thought this story was the orogin of the old wives tale that says eating salad will enourage your labor pains.

Posted by: Taleena at May 31, 2007 11:24 AM

origin! Golly.

Posted by: Taleena at May 31, 2007 11:26 AM