Fairy Tales Retold: Sleeping Beauty

from "Sleeping Beauty", the Walt Disney Co.

Maleficent from "Sleeping Beauty" by Disney.

So, I’m a sucker for fairy tales. It almost doesn’t matter whether it’s the Brothers Grimm or Walt Disney (although I like the darker stories better).  My favorite was always Sleeping Beauty: I can remember sitting in the theater being frightened and fascinated by Maleficent, the evil fairy witch. What a great villain! I also appreciated the Disney version for their use of music: Tchaikovsky’s ballet, Sleeping Beauty.

Sleeping Beauty was written in 1697 by Charles Perrault, the same writer who created Cinderella. However, we’re more familiar with the Grimm version – it ends soon after the “kiss” and with a “happily ever after”.  Over the years, it has been redesigned a number of times – here’s a list of some of these remixes, as well as some of the classic renditions.

Beauty Sleep by Cameron Dokey

Before I Wake by Terry Lawrence

Briar Rose by Jane Yolen

Bring Me the Head of Prince Charming by Roger Zelazny

The Complete Fairy Tales of Charles Perrault by Charles Perrault

Enchantment by Orson Scott Card

The Gates of Sleep by Mercedes Lackey

The McElderry Book of Grimms’ Fairy Tales by Saviour Pirotta

The Sleeping Beauty by Mercer Mayer (my favorite children’s version)

Spindle’s End by Robin McKinley

Thornspell by Helen Lowe

CD – Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty

VHS- Disney’s Sleeping Beauty

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