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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 17, 2007

    The Sleeping Beauty

    The fairy tale ¿The Sleeping Beauty¿ was published in 1977. This wonderful classic was retold and illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman. Hyman was born in Philadelphia on April 8, 1939 and passed away on November 19, 2004. She illustrated children¿s books and has illustrated over 150. Through Hyman¿s lifetime, she has won a total of four Caldecott Medal awards. She attended and graduated from the Boston Museum School of Fine Arts. ¿The Sleeping Beauty¿ is about a King and Queen who wished they had a child. One day, the Queen was bathing in a forest pool and a frog appeared. The frog told her ¿Your dearest wish shall soon be fulfilled. Before a year has passed you shall bring a daughter into the world.¿ The Queen was thrilled and went home to tell her husband. The frog was right, and the Queen had a beautiful little girl. The King was filled with joy and threw a big birthday feast, and invited ¿all his friends, relatives, and noble acquaintances, and also the fairy women.¿ There were thirteen fairies in the kingdom and the King ran into a problem. He had only twelve golden plates. The King was embarrassed and scared to give a fairy a silver plate, so he didn¿t invite the oldest fairy to the feast. During the birthday feast, each of the fairies gave the baby a magic gift, such as virtue, grace, wisdom, and much more. Only eleven fairies were able to present their gifts to the new baby before the door busted open before them. The old fairy that wasn¿t invited marched into the room mad because she wasn¿t invited to the feast. Her magic gift wasn¿t a pleasant one and she yelled ¿My curse upon the princess! She shall prick herself with a distaff when she is fifteen years old, and then she shall fall down dead.¿ She left afterwards, and everyone was scared and full of remorse. Luckily, the youngest fairy¿s gift was to soften the curse so that the King and Queens princess would not die. When the princess turned fifteen, you will not believe what happened! I will leave out these details and you will just have to read to find out. Anyways, the Princess did fall asleep and the only way she could be saved was by a kiss from a Prince. The legend about the princess sleeping in an enchanted castle grew throughout the years, and several of young men tried to save her, but they were not successful. Many more years had passed, and a Prince, knowing about the legend, was determined to save the sleeping beauty. Will the Prince ever save the Princess? This books genre is Traditional. Hyman did a magnificent job with the beautiful illustrations. They are very intriguing and they definitely make you feel as though you are part of the story. I enjoyed this retold version a lot, and I am sure children will enjoy it too. This fairy tale classic was wonderfully retold by Hyman. This books age range is 5 to 8. Hyman, Trina S. The Sleeping Beauty. Boston: Little, Brown and Company, 1977.

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