What We Are Reading - Tangled

Froggy received a Rapunzel doll as her present on the last night of Hanukkah.  In addition she received a certificate for a special date with Daddy to see Tangled.  It was then that we realized she did not know the story of Rapunzel.  I did not want her first encounter to be the Disney version so off to the library we went.  We got this version which is as true to the Grimms original as any I have heard.   On the drive home, Froggy commented that the story starts just like her birth story.  How do you mean I asked not remembering the details of the story.  "There once was a man and his wife who had longed for a baby for many years," she read.  Yes it does almost exactly. And she was hooked.  This book became an instant favorite.

We also brought home a book, Bashful Bob and Doleful Dorinda from the recommended section unopened because it was by Margaret Atwood.  I have enjoyed several of her adult books and was interested in what she would do for children.  Lucky for me this book was first presented to Daddy for reading.  I would never have been able to make it through once. My tongue would have been in knots on page two.  Froggy and Daddy both loved it but then they are big Seuss fans. It was a fun bonding moment for them laughing at me.  I like listening but will not read tongue twisters like that out loud.  The book is hysterical and has a great story in addition to the funny alliterative language.

The honorable mention award for the week goes to The Curious Garden.  Froggy insisted it come home from the library.  We have read it before and when not placed against the tough competition it was a big hit.  This time is was just a casual friend pulled out here and there for some private mellow reading.  She never brought it to either parent for reading.  We did talk about it some though when we were talking about Dr. Carver and how Liam is similar in his goals to Dr. Carver in wanting to help people.

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  1. Even as a Canadian, I am not a huge fan of Margaret Atwood's kids' books. Still, glad Froggy likes it - buy Canadian!

    As for the Tangled movie, I think Naomi was a bit disappointed precisely because she DID know the Rapunzel story... and Tangled is not exactly the traditional version.

    My girls had a date to see it together during Chanukah (super-nice bonus that dd1 can take dd2 on the subway so I don't even have to drive them!!). They both enjoyed it, but from what dd1 told me, it's far more cynical and tongue-in-cheek than the original - not at all a faithful adaptation.

    As much as I don't like Disney fairy tales, I kind of wish they'd go back to doing them "by the book."

    Shabbat Shalom!

  2. My husband took the kids to see the movie last weekend, and all week my daughter keeps running around saying, "Rapunzel, Rapunzel, let down your hair!" I should find a book version, too.

  3. Thanks for joining WMCIR! I am mildly curious about Tangled, but I wasn't thrilled looking at previews. We actually didn't read this or many other Brother Grimm stories, because daughter finds fairy tales "too scary". The last book looks very interesting!

  4. This was my first week for WMCIR and I like checking out everyone's posts, too. The Curious Garden is one of my all time favorite books. And we love visiting Highline Park, which inspired it.


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