The Sleeping Beauty
- Number of Pages: 48
- English (Unknown)
- English (Original Language)
- English (Published)
The story of the beautiful princess who sleeps for a hundred years has captured the imaginations of young children for an even longer period of time. Furious, the fairy storms in and curses the baby, pronouncing that on her fifteenth birthday she will be pricked by a distaff (from a spinning wheel) and fall down dead. But goodness and true love prevail when the perfect prince does finally find his way by way of the thick vines. How could everyone inside a castle--even the flies on the walls--sleep for a century and then wake up? Hyman depicts people who died attempting to break by way of the maze of thorns to reach the legendary sleeping beauty in a nightmarish illustration. The drama of the spell unfurls as she and also the other inhabitants with the castle fall instantly asleep, from courtiers to kitchen maids. Thorny briars--moodily captured by Trina Schart Hyman's masterful paintbrush--grow up about the castle. This magical, beautifully illustrated tale begins when the king excludes the most difficult fairy in the kingdom from a feast celebrating the birth of his beautiful daughter Briar Rose. Despite the reality that the king burns all the spinning wheels in the kingdom, 15-year-old Briar Rose finds herself in the tower where the evil fairy and her fate await her. The youngest fairy softens the curse to a century-long sleep.
Hyman won a Caldecott Medal for her function in Saint George and also the Dragon by Margaret Hodges, and her version of The Sleeping Beauty tends to make us believe in the magic in the spell. (Ages 5 to 9) This wonderful read-aloud classic is 1 of Hyman's best. Moods and expressions are rendered exquisitely, especially those of the wild, red-haired beauty Briar Rose. The scenes inside the castle are alive with color and movement and rich with particulars that children will devour eagerly.
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