Teaching Children's Literature

“A children's story that can only be enjoyed by children is not a good children's story in the slightest.” ~C.S. Lewis

Rapunzel: The Graphic Novel


Bibliography: Written by Stephanie Peters, Illustrated by Jeffrey Stewart Timmins, Stone Arch Books, Minnesota, 2009, 40 pgs.

Reading Level:  GN360L (GN- Graphic Novel)

Synopsis: After a husband of a pregnant wife is caught stealing rampion from a witch’s garden, the witch demands their first born child.  Rapunzel is raised by the witch and is forced to stay in the living quarters.  When a prince tries to save Rapunzel, she is banished to the desert and the prince is blinded.

Classroom Rationale:  This book could be compared to the original version of Rapunzel.  Students can discuss components of the graphic novel.  *Some teachers may not feel comfortable introducing this more wicked version of Rapunzel with graphic pictures to their students.  Therefore, I posted another traditional literature book but felt this graphic novel was interesting for people to view.

Common Core:  Compare and contrast two or more versions of the same story by different authors (RL 2.9).


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This entry was posted on June 20, 2013 by in Picturebooks and tagged , , , .

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