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Petrosinella: A Neopolitan Rapunzel

Basile, Giambattista

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ISBN 10: 0723261962 / ISBN 13: 9780723261964
Published by Frederick Warne & Co., New York, 1981
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Hardcover in dustjacket. Folio. First edition. Book is in fine condition; jacket is in VG condition. There is a 1/4" closed tear to top edge, and several smaller tears. Covers are lightly scuffed, and edges are rubbed. With lovely color illustrations by Diane Stanley. Not price-clipped. In protective mylar. Unpaginated. Bookseller Inventory # 13007

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Title: Petrosinella: A Neopolitan Rapunzel

Publisher: Frederick Warne & Co., New York

Publication Date: 1981

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Edition: 1st Edition

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In this version of Rapunzel, the heroine breaks the enchantment put on her by the ogress who keeps her prisoner with the aid of three acorns.

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Kindergarten-Grade 3?Stanley offers a Neapolitan version of Rapunzel that predates the Grimms by 200 years. Petrosinella ("parsley" in Italian) is similar in many ways to the more familiar Grimm tale, but here the women play a more active part in the plot. It is Petrosinella's pregnant mother (not her father) who steals the parsley from the ogress?the event that leads to the girl's imprisonment. Likewise, it is the girl who discovers the secret to her release (three hidden acorns) and who implements the steps that cause the destruction of the enchantress. Stanley's watercolors and colored inks are rendered in royal blues and verdant greens?a fitting backdrop for the young woman and the prince with whom she falls in love, and an effective contrast to the ugly hag. Visual parallels, however, abound; note the folds in the cliffs, the ogress's face, and the bulldog's jowls in the scene with the first acorn. Pair this story with Rafe Martin's Rough-Face Girl (Putnam, 1992) and traditional tellings of "Rapunzel" and "Cinderella" for a group discussion of fairy-tale variants. An introductory note details the sources.?Wendy Lukehart, Dauphin County Library, Harrisburg, PA
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