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Rapunzel: A Groovy 1970s Fairy Tale

Written by Lynn Roberts
Illustrated by David Roberts

Suitable for: 7-11 years (Key stage 2), 11-14 years (Key stage 3)

Available braille grades: Grade 1, Grade 2

Poor Rapunzel can only dream about the world outside because her Aunt Edna keeps her locked up in their tower-block home. The elevators don’t work and Aunt Edna is too lazy to take the stairs, so she uses Rapunzel’s extraordinarily long hair to climb in and out of their tiny apartment. Rapunzel’s life is confined within orange and brown flower-printed walls, with only her beloved records for solace. But one day, a handsome stranger climbs up her hair and a new adventure begins. Set in the glamorous 1970s, this lively retelling is bursting with colourful period detail. A great read for 9+ years.

Listen to an audio clip

Hello, my name is Alice and today, I'm going to share a story with you that's a new version of a very old tale that you probably already know. But it's not about a fairy tale princess in a high castle tower, or a handsome prince riding a magnificent white horse. Instead, this story takes place in the real world of the 1970s.
Let's start with the front cover. "Rapunzel" is written across the top of the page in fat, orange letters with 'A groovy 1970s fairy tale' underneath in blue. The picture shows a teenage girl standing on a grey concrete balcony high above the buildings of a city spread out below. There's a dead plant in a cracked pot next to a folding garden chair and, on the balcony wall, a metal bracket and a handle I wonder what they're for?

What's inside

  • A picture book with braille pages and raised tactile images.
  • Audio descriptions with music and sound effects in your chosen format of either CD or USB.
  • An ‘Articles for the Blind’ returns label for the free and convenient return of the box.

Touch to see image list

Rapunzel with her long hair
Aunt Edna
Rapunzel with Roger and the Rascals

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