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Sleeping Beauty
San José, Christine.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
Honesdale, Pa. : Boyds Mills Press, 1997.
Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 25 x 29 cm
Retells the classic tale using dormice rather than humans as characters.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 4.1 0.5 83527.
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Added Uniform Title:
Sleeping Beauty. English.
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PZ8.S2475 SL 1997 Juvenile Non-Fiction Central Closed Stacks-Non circulating

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Reviews 2

Booklist Review

Ages 5^-8. San Jose's retelling of "The Sleeping Beauty" combines the most familiar plot elements of the popular fairy tale with dormouse characters. Even more distinctive is the inventive, if somewhat disjointed, storytelling style that combines poetry with prose and reads like a romantic ballad: "She dreamed the dream of love that shares. She dreamed the dream of love that dares. She dreamed the dream of love that cares. Oh, what happiness! She dreamed the dreams of love." Catalano's richly colored and highly textured pastel drawings enhance the narrative quality with stagelike design and successive panels that allow readers and listeners to see more than one scene at a time. There is also a lively, enchanted seventeenth-century setting (albeit in the woods) to keep kids involved. The dust jacket states that San Jose has drawn from "various traditions," but there is no specific source information. --Julie Corsaro

School Library Journal Review

PreS-Gr 1‘San José's retelling of the classic fairy tale is well suited to the younger set: simply told and not too scary, with sunny, friendly illustrations. The story is populated with dormice rather than humans, which adds an element of coziness. The fairies at the beginning give gifts with a modern sensibility‘bravery, imagination, and the ability to "think things through"‘and in the end, the princess awakens on her own. No prince comes to rescue her; rather, a woodcutter dormouse whose devotion to the princess is a family legacy approaches the castle at precisely the right time. San José ably blends prose and verse into her narrative, concluding with a wedding song (music included) that incorporates the good fairies' gifts. Catalano's pastel illustrations complement the text with their simple shapes and bright yet delicate hues. The darker elements of the tale are softened; not even the evil fairy is that frightening. In some ways, this lessens the impact of the story, but for those looking for a gentler version, this is just the ticket.‘Donna L. Scanlon, Lancaster County Library, PA (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.