Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep (Princess Tales)

by Gail Carson Levine

Other authorsMark Elliott (Illustrator)
Hardcover, 1999

Status

Checked out
Due May 22, 2024

Local notes

Fic Lev

Barcode

325

Genres

Publication

HarperCollins (1999), Edition: 1st, 112 pages

Description

In this retelling of the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty, Princess Sonora, who is ten times smarter than anyone else, vows to choose for herself the best time to be pricked by the spindle.

Language

Original language

English

Physical description

112 p.; 4 inches

User reviews

LibraryThing member ChristianR
A twist on the Sleeping Beauty fairy tale. The fairies at Princess Sonora's naming ceremony each try to outdo one another, and she becomes not only smart but ten times smarter than anyone else. This makes for a very unusual baby and child. How she, and her parents, deals with the vindictive fairy
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gift that she will prick her finger on a spindle and sleep for 100 years keeps the reader engaged and highly entertained.
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LibraryThing member CeridwynR
Oh DEAR. I hated this with a passion. The plot was a perfectly good idea and I do like subverted fairytales. But if you are going to have a princess given the gift of superior intelligence it is a good idea to have that intelligence on show - not cod folk remedies and aphorisms that MAKE NO SENSE.
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It made Princess Sonora completely unlikeable, a terrible thing in a fairy-tale heroine and the Prince who rescued her an idiot.
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LibraryThing member CeridwynR
Oh DEAR. I hated this with a passion. The plot was a perfectly good idea and I do like subverted fairytales. But if you are going to have a princess given the gift of superior intelligence it is a good idea to have that intelligence on show - not cod folk remedies and aphorisms that MAKE NO SENSE.
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It made Princess Sonora completely unlikeable, a terrible thing in a fairy-tale heroine and the Prince who rescued her an idiot.
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LibraryThing member MarissaWilliams
Summary:
This story is almost the same as the movie Sleeping Beauty. A baby princess, Sonora, has been cursed by a bitter fairy. The curse says that Sonora will prick her finger on a spindle and die. Fortunately, another fairy has given Sonora a gift. Instead of dying, she will fall asleep along
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with the rest of the castle until a price comes to kiss her. One day, this comes to be and Sonora picks her finger on her mother's spindle.

Personal reaction:
I find that this book would be more interesting to young girls than young boys. I wouldn't recommend it for a classroom read.

Classroom extension ideas:
1. Have the class try to build a small spindle out of pieces of wood.
2. Have the class create alternate endings for the story.
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LibraryThing member katieloucks
Great retelling!

Pages

112

Rating

½ (117 ratings; 3.5)
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