Title of Book: Sleeping Beauty
Time length to read: 6-7 min.
Age recommend: 6 and up
Re-told by: Mahlon F. Craft
Illustrated by: Kinuko Y. Craft
Published by: Chronicle Books
Best place to purchase: Amazon Website
Price: $11.55 (Hardcover)
When I hear the words “Sleeping Beauty,” the first thing that comes to mind is Disney, right? I’m sure most of you are the same way. After all, Disney did give a great interpretation of the sleeping beauty story that is never to be forgotten. That is probably why out of all the Disney Princesses, she is my favorite and to this day it remains one of my favorite childhood movies.
Well, a couple weeks ago, I got this amazing picture book from my brother and sister in law for Christmas, called Sleeping Beauty. It is not a Disney version of the story. However, after reading it and seeing the amazing illustrations, I thought it was a wonderful re-telling to this amazing fairy tale. With that, this is the picture book I am sharing with you all today.
The version of this Sleeping Beauty story is re-told by Mahlon F. Craft. The story is very similar to the Disney version of Sleeping Beauty. However, there are a few differences from the Disney version and this one. An example would be, instead of an evil witch maleficent, you learn of an evil fairy who was the one who casts the curse on Aurora. You also find many different twists and turns to this re-telling that will make you want to be turning the next page as fast as you can to find out what happens. The illustrations, done by Kinuko Y. Craft are one word: breathtaking. Craft used oil over watercolor in her illustrations to make creative pictures that bring your imagination to life as you read the story. All of the illustrations look like pictures you would find in an art gallery.
The School Library Journal says “The carefully posed and composed oil-on-watercolor paintings are imbued with lyrical enchantment and capture the elegance of 15th-century Europe. Charming details are everywhere: an illuminated manuscript-style letter opens each page, often incorporating details from the story, and the artwork includes such delightful touches as the grandiose dragon-drawn chariot of the 12th fairy and the somnolent canine guardian she gives Princess Aurora. The phrasing and vocabulary are appropriately formal and the pacing is dramatic, with pivotal moments commanding full-page spreads. A thoroughly enchanting and luxurious addition for any fairy-tale collection.”
So if you are looking for a great re-telling to this beloved fairy tale, I would highly recommend this book. It will definitely be one that I share with my future kids.
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