Isn’t every little girl fascinated by Rapunzel and her glorious hair? My 5-year-old daughter hasn’t even seen Tangled but she totally knows that it exists and what story it tells. I think she has Rapunzel Radar. She’s even got a Tangled nightgown (gift from a friend) and uses any excuse to make Rapunzels:

  • drawing them
  • making a Rapunzel salad person (a lunch time favorite in which we make “people” with our food; Rapunzel always gets LOTS of Ramen noodle hair…which then gets eaten)
  • various crafts

And so forth.

If you aren’t a Disney fan (or even if you are), seek out some traditional tellings of Rapunzel’s story to read to your kids. Zelinsky’s Rapunzel is a nice retelling, complete with a scary-but-not-too-scary witch and the ending in which Rapunzel and the prince are reunited and her tears heal his blindness. In this version, Rapunzel gives birth to twins! The illustrations are rather classical looking; in fact, this book is the Caldecott winner from 1998.

Rapunzel stories also appear in most fairy tale collections, like The Random House Book of Fairy Tales and others. Don’t let Tangled be your child’s only interpretation of this great story! Didn’t we all want Rapunzel hair when we were little?!

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