Tuesday, February 26, 2013

#19- Sleeping Beauty

15) Sleeping Beauty
Penguin Books USA, Inc.
54 pages
Traditional Literature

        I chose this book because I had always enjoyed the Disney version of Sleeping Beauty as a child. This one is essentially the same rendition. This is the story of a Princess who is in the wrong place at the wrong time. She is cursed to sleep for ever, and the only thing that can save her is true love's kiss. In keeping with the "happily ever after" tradition, Prince Charming comes along and rescues her from her slumber. There are lots more details in this version, however.

       The illustrations in this book are all very brightly colored. They are done using computer animation. Usually the illustrations do not fill up the whole page. The words are really the focus in this story, so the illustrations kind of fell to the back burner for me. They are still beautiful, though! They really add to the sense of magic.

        I would recommend this book for students from Kindergarten up to fifth grade. While the story is one that everyone knows, the high word count would make this a great book for older students to read. It would definitely be a read-aloud for younger ones. This would make a great after lunch read aloud for a classroom. It could be used in a fairy tale unit. I would use it to talk about the difference between a fiction piece of literature and a nonfiction piece of literature.


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