Thursday, May 25, 2017

Sleeping Beauty by Cynthia Rylant - OPTIONAL

Rylant, Cynthia  Sleeping Beauty  Illustrated by Erin McGuire  PICTURE BOOK  Disney Hyperion, 2017.  $16.99  Content: G.  

A much loved princess is blessed by the fairies of her land.   One fairy, however, issues a curse that when the princess turns fifteen she will prick her finger on a spindle and fall into a forever sleep.  In an attempt to counter the curse, one nice fairy says that the princess will only fall asleep for 100 years instead of forever.  The day the princess pricks her finger, the king and queen ask that the whole kingdom be put to sleep with the princess for her hundred years.  After the time passes, a young princes breaks through the briers and into the castle to kiss the princess on the hand and the whole kingdom wakes up together.  

This is a retelling of the original Sleeping Beauty.  It is a very basic, simple telling which makes the story feel incomplete.  The characters aren’t even given names, just their titles.  The illustrations are adorable and the colors are attractive.  

EL (K-3) – OPTIONAL.  Reviewer, C. Peterson.  

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