The Sleeping Beauty/ La Bella Dumiente


Retold in both Spanish and English, the universally loved story The Sleeping Beauty will delight a new generation of readers. The striking illustrations give a new look to this classic tale, and the bilingual text makes it perfect for both home and classroom libraries.

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Retold in both Spanish and English, the universally loved story The Sleeping Beauty will delight a new generation of readers. The striking illustrations give a new look to this classic tale, and the bilingual text makes it perfect for both home and classroom libraries.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
Desclot has made a lovely adaptation of this traditional story, and has succeeded in making the princess into an actual character. This feat is not to be underestimated, as it can be challenging to develop a character that spends most of her time either sleeping or being beautiful. But in the brief encounter that the prince and princess have at the end, their sense of humor and immediate love for each other is clear and believable. Desclot humanizes characters that have become archetypes and makes them accessible to the reader. His narrative voice is playful and clear, never pandering; it is more engaging in Spanish. The English translation of the original Catalan is stilted and bears the marks of a translator whose English is not native. This fact may impede the book's successful use as a means to teach English, but it will not affect its value as an entertaining retelling of this fairy tale. In fact, because Desclot's adaptation is new, in some ways, it is good reading material for older students who are learning Spanish as a second language. They will be able to focus on the Spanish text because of their familiarity with the story, and appreciate the author's novel flourishes. 2003 (orig. 1997), Chronicle Books, Ages 3 to 8.
—Veronica Betancourt
School Library Journal
Gr 1-3-Two retellings of classic fairy tales. The Sleeping Beauty is a bit problematic. Desclot's text is modernized but not without charm. "Hey! I'm still here!" ("aEh, falto yo!") the youngest fairy avers, jumping out from behind the arras, as it were, once the evil witch leaves. The colored-pencil cartoon illustrations are somewhat disconcerting. Pointy-nosed, big-eyed people surround a baby princess who looks bizarrely insectoid-sort of like a bee larva. Regardless, the jazzed-up retelling has its own quirky appeal. Izquierdo's adaptation of The Little Mermaid, though shortened considerably from Hans Christian Andersen's tale, is true to the original. While the abridgment does have the effect of hurrying readers through the story, the lineaments are there, and the tightening up does make the tale accessible to younger readers. The acrylic cartoon illustrations in blues, greens, and browns are arresting in their use of heavy black sweeping lines and broad washes of clear color. However, the last picture of the Mermaid's sisters, sans their long hair, may leave readers confused. Why the haircuts? The text never explains. The Spanish translation mirrors the English almost exactly in its stately formality. This is a welcome relief from the tired Disney version with all those singing crustaceans, and maintains the yearning and melancholy of Andersen's vision. While numerous versions of either story with more classic illustrations are available, Spanish-language versions are more difficult to find. These two thus fill a niche. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780811839136
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 4/1/2003
  • Language: Spanish
  • Series: Bilingual Fairy Tales Series
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 595,788
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.25 (w) x 8.25 (h) x 0.17 (d)

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