February 28, 2012

Rapunzel! Rapunzel!

She's been talking about her birthday for four months, and yet I wait until a week before to start preparing. Hello, my name is Christianne, and I'm a procrastinator.

We are having a Tangled-themed party this Saturday morning, and I am up to my eyeballs in yellow yarn, silk flowers, and purple pennants. I have no doubt it will all come together, but I'm not sure how much sleep I'm going to get between now and then.

To get ourselves in the right mood, I've wrangled up some retellings of our new favorite Disney princess:

Rapunzel by Paul O. Zelinsky

Rapunzel was my favorite fairy tale as a child (all that blond hair!), and I've loved this particular version for a long time. The illustrations are luscious, although the text is lengthy and a little too mature for young children. I actually like the fact that this version follows the traditional plot of Rapunzel getting pregnant while in the tower. (It also, thankfully, includes a hasty marriage.)

Falling For Rapunzel by Leah Wilcox

If you're in the mood for a less traditional version of the long-locked princess, check out this funny little book. In the story the prince hopes to "fall" for Rapunzel, but being so far up, she can't understand what he's saying. Instead of her hair, she throws all sorts of objects down to him (each one cleverly rhyming with whatever the prince said before). But in the end she tosses something to the prince that does win him a "happily ever after."

Rapunzel by Rachel Isadora

Why should blonds have all the fun? These breathtaking collages set the fairy tale under an African sun. The prince rides a zebra and the sorceress climbs Rapunzel's black dreadlocks, but otherwise the tale follows the traditional plot.



  1. Juliet has already put in a request for a tangled party for her 6th birthday (just turned 5 last month...)! So, I can't wait to see more pics of yours. :) Also, I am dying to get my hands on the african rapunzel book! Looks gorgeous.

    vanessa @ silly eagle books

  2. Can't wait to see the pics of this fun party!

  3. We love Falling for Rapunzel...I'll have to look for the others. Good luck with the party!

  4. Falling For Rapunzel is hilarious! I can't wait to see party pics.

  5. Princess hasn't thought to request a Tangled party yet, I'm rather surprised.

  6. You're not the only procrastinator! I've just started working on preparations for my daughter's Angry Birthday next week. So many things going on right now.

    Love those braids. My favorite Rapunzel book is the one illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman.

  7. Love the braids...I can't wait to see the rest of the details!


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