Writing is like cooking, if you spill something, you should make it look like part of the act.
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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Sleeping Beauty

Author: Perrault
Title: Sleeping Beauty
Genre: Fairy Tale
Summary of Plot: A King and Queen are finally able to have a child they invite 7 fairies to be the child’s godmother. They forget to invite one, and she becomes angry and curses the child. That she will prick her finger on a spinning wheel and die. But a young fairy, which has saved her blessing for last, counters the curse and blesses the girl that she will not die, but will fall asleep for a hundred years and a prince will come to wake her up. Sixteen years later, the princess pricks her finger and falls into a deep sleep. The fairy places everyone in the castle under a spell that they will sleep until the princess wakes up.
A hundred years later and a prince hear about the hidden castle and the beautiful woman inside of it. He fall in love with her and marries her at once. He does not reveal to his parents that he is married until, two years later, when he gets the thorn. By then he has two children, Dawn and Day. Some years later he goes to war and leaves his mother in charge. She orders the steward to kill Dawn and fed it to her, but he hides the child and feeds her a lamb. Then she orders him to feed her Day, but he hides the child and feeds her a lamb. Next she asks him to kill the queen and serve that to her. He also hides the queen and gives the mother something else. When the queen finds out that she has been tricked, she plans on killing everyone and eating them, but the king comes home and saves everyone.
Your Reaction to the book: I was not expecting the second half of the story. I know the first part, but didn’t know there was more after the princes woke up the princess.
Potential Problems: We should not fear in-laws. This story gives us a good reason to.
Recommendations: I thought that this story would be enjoyed by girls because it has that romantic aspect of the princes saving the princes.

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