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The Sleeping Beauty

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  8,147 ratings  ·  81 reviews
The story of the beautiful princess who sleeps for a hundred years has captured the imaginations of children for an even longer period of time. How could everyone in a castle - even the flies on the walls - sleep for a century and then wake up?

This magical, beautifully illustrated tale begins when the king excludes the most difficult fairy of the kingdom from a feast cele
Hardcover, Silver Anniversary Edition, 48 pages
Published October 30th 1977 by Little, Brown Books for Young Readers (first published July 1st 1971)
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This is an adaptation of the classic French fairy tale by Charles Perrault written and illustrated by American artist Trina Schart Hyman, one of my favourite book illustrators of all time. The double-page and full-page illustrations (and there's not a single page without artwork!) are just exquisite beyond words, all coloured, and with the story so well embedded to go with the illustrations. I loved how Mrs Hyman is able to capture the dark and creepy atmosphere of the wood and the dormant castl ...more
Oct 07, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Recommended to Ann by: Chandra - thank you!
Finally a satisfactory retelling of this classic fairytale!

This is a retelling of the Grimm's version of Sleeping Beauty, and of the Sleeping Beauty books I've read I must say that this was at once the most grim and the most merry.

It contains all the same warnings I've mentioned for other versions:
Dead hens being plucked, a scullery boy being pummeled, bathing women (mostly just bar bums-though, I'm pleased this version clears up the bit about the frog-the queen was bathing in a pond here, which
Apr 16, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
That's it, that's it, Trina Schart Hyman is my favorite illustrator. She has a majestic, yet dark medieval style that I've become enamored with. The story was very nicely told but the artwork is fantastic!!!
Lacey Louwagie
Jan 23, 2018 rated it really liked it
A fairly standard Sleeping Beauty adaptation with a few beautiful sentences in it that set it apart. Lovely illustrations, even though the Prince looks too old for the princess to me. Probably accurate to the times, but still, she's just 15! The guy who breaks the curse shouldn't be old enough to grow such a luscious beard! One scary spread of the thorns around the castle filled with skeletons and such that might be difficult for sensitive kids (probably would have bothered me a bit when I was y ...more
Meghan Coffey
Jan 10, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: picture-books
Out of the five picture books we read in class today, this one was my absolute FAVORITE. It was an interesting and rather enjoyable version of Sleeping Beauty. It isn't grim and horrible like what the Grimm Brothers tell and I prefer it over the Disney version, which is saying something since I LOVE Disney. Anyway, this version has more fairies, a gallant prince who wakes up the (surprisingly still young) sleeping beauty, Briar Rose, and I simply loved the fact that they called her Briar Rose be ...more
Tengo que decir que nunca antes había leído la historia original, tan sólo había visto la famosa adaptación de Disney. Me ha gustado ver muchas similitudes con ésta, como cuando todos los seres vivos del castillo se quedan dormidos, parte que me ha hecho gracia especialmente; también, el hecho que crezcan rosales alrededor del castillo.
Lo que me ha sorprendido es que en vez de ser tres hadas las que le regalan sus dones el día de su nacimiento ¡son trece! ¡Y la decimotercera es nada menos que
Apr 23, 2016 rated it it was ok
The tale of a princess whom a vicious fairy decides to put her to sleep for a hundred years as the King and Queen have forgotten to invite to the party of the princess' birth. After one hundred years, she comes back to life when a handsome prince kisses her. Why the hell should children's fairy tales be for the most part dependent on this idea of damsel in distress, the princess who is helpless and waits for a prince to save her? Why should all the qualifications she has to attract the price be ...more
Amy Edwards
Feb 17, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: family-favorites
My favorite Sleeping Beauty version. Forget Disney. I love Trina Shuart Hyman's illustrations and her retelling of this fairy tale is a delight to read aloud. The Gospel and redemption elements shine brightly through as one reads of the King's son rescuing his bride from the curse that had a grip on her and all her kingdom. Love it. "Where one drop of blood drains a castle of life, so one kiss can bring it alive again."
Jan 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Beautiful, earthy, very detailed paintings.
A beautifully elaborate retelling with magically dark illustrations.
Nadine Jones
Jan 03, 2016 rated it it was amazing
All of Hyman's books are unbelievably beautiful.
Jun 19, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book is so beautiful and I love the story so much! It's slightly different than the other stories I have read about Sleeping Beauty, but it's so lovely. Definitely my favorite version of Sleeping Beauty! The art is amazing in it as well. The texture, the details, and the color are all wonderfully done.


These are the differences in the book I noticed from other versions I have read:
-There were 13 fairies
-Since there were so many fairies each good fairy gave Rose wisdom, a pu
Jul 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Sleeping Beauty is a traditional retelling of the fairy tale, beautifully illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman. When the king and queen send out invitations to their daughter's christening, one fairy is left out-- and takes her revenge by cursing the child. When she pricks her finger on the spindle of a spinning wheel, she and all the castle will fall asleep for one hundred years.

Trina Schart Hyman's illustrations are detailed and expressive, imbuing even the most minor characters with movemen
Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, childrens, fiction
This book got five stars because there isn't a thing I would change about it. The illustrations are beautiful and the way it's written is also lovely.
Janeill Gregg
Dec 13, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: el-ed-340
Traditional Literature

This is an interesting version of the classic story, closer to the Grimm's brothers original. The illustrations are amazing and it keeps you interested in the story.
Feb 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Simply beautiful. This is the edition of Sleeping Beauty I read to my students, because it lends easily to comparison with the Disney film and rings truest to the original tale.
Nov 23, 2015 rated it really liked it
I’ve encountered Ms. Hyman’s work as an illustrator in the past. But here she is a writer as well, taking on one of the familiar female icons in fairy tale.

“The Sleeping Beauty” doesn’t rank high on my lists of favorites. What does she do except sleep and wait for her Prince Charming to come and rescue her? Ms. Hyman supposedly re-tells the Grimm fairy tale but brings nothing new to it. Briar Rose is said to be mischievous but we get no instances of it. Face it, this creation will never be much
Jul 26, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is magical and enchanting. Illustrations are rich and haunting, full of detail. I like how everything was complex, nothing was left half-assed. Image where prince walks through corridor, we are shown things aside, such as people sleeping and dead princes of before. It is also really dark and gloomy. Every character has their owndesign, that also shows emotions and simply, personalities. Only problem I have is 12th fairy-she looks little off,particularly neck and arms, but it may be bec ...more
Jennifer Heise
What a glorious illustrated version of this tale. Hyman retells the story, but it is the illustrations that take the prize. (She doesn't shy away from the part of the story where the hedge of thorns kills princes who arrive before the 100 years are up, either. What a creepy picture! Show it to your favorite goth.) But her king, queen, princess and all supporting characters are vivid, appropriately dressed, and captivating. I was a little disturbed by the costuming of the rescuing prince, as it i ...more
Oct 22, 2013 rated it did not like it
While visiting the library, this book was chosen by the four year old girl that I baby sit, for us to read together. The illustrations in this book are GORGEOUS - elaborate and detailed. Unfortunately, my inner-feminist did not feel that this story was good for my young friend. I know this story is based on the Grimm tale but I didn't like reading a story that involved a helpless princess who is constantly being described as beautiful (nothing more). Her existence is based on her attractive look ...more
Sara Bland
Apr 27, 2015 rated it liked it
Shelves: children-s
Now, I am not sure if this is just not the typical version of the story, or if I'm simply not remembering this correctly from my childhood. This is the classic story of the little baby girl who had a spell cast upon her as a child. The spell said that she would prick her finger and fall asleep eternally at the age of 15. In this version, the entire town also falls asleep and the forest overgrows the city. The fair prince many years later comes in to save everyone, marry the princess, and live ha ...more
Mar 26, 2014 rated it really liked it
Anna Taneda
Jun 08, 2016 rated it it was amazing
1 sleeping beauty IBCパブリッシング

2 80min

3 sleeping, spindle, princess, fairy, rose, beautiful, kiss

4 a You slept for a long time. I tried to wake the others, but they will not wake up. Now that you are awake, please come with me.

b Many princes tried wake sleeping beauty up, but only Philip could help her from sleeping a long time, so I like this passage.

5 I love a fantasy story and Disney animation, so I read this book. When I was a child, I always watched a Disney movie, that why I chose this book.
Aymee Knight
Nov 05, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: traditional
I did not enjoy reading this book very much. Honestly, it is probably because I grew up watching the Disney version of Sleeping Beauty. I did not think that this book was very appealing. The illustrations were dark and gloomy. However, they did look very traditional and rustic. I think that they fit the story really well. It was also interesting hearing this story in a little bit of a different perspective other than the Disney version. However, I like the Disney version better. I would suggest ...more
Jan 10, 2014 rated it really liked it
Shelves: january
A traditional retelling of the Sleeping Beauty tale, made amazing by the amount of detail in the artwork. As a lover of fairy tales, I was charmed by the beauty and detail that went into every page. Everything from the formatting of the text to beautiful scrolling details on the border, the attention to detail was apparent. I particularly appreciated the artwork on the page about all of the young men giving their lives in search of the fair maiden; it was effectively haunting. I can honestly say ...more
Miss Clark
3.5 stars

The artwork by Hyman is lovely and memorable. The retelling itself is basic without deviations or flourishes.
Michael DiPaolo
Sep 19, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: childrens-lit
This version of the story seems to me that it is intended for an audience slightly older than young children. The illustrations are full-page, full-color, and gorgeous. A couple are a bit more graphic than I would expect in a children's book, but are not offensive.

This retelling is very, very similar to the original told my the Brothers Grimm, and the only changes made that i noted were for the purpose of further explanation or enhancing the imagery/character development.
Mary Catelli
Our old friend, Sleeping Beauty, retold from the Brothers Grimm. Only lightly altered, and nothing that really changes the plot

What really makes this one, however, is Hyman's illustrations. Which are stunning. There's a running theme of an arched window, or something like it, in just about all of them. I also note the prince looks uncommonly mature for a fairy tale prince -- easy to believe he's bold enough.
Trina Schart Hyman was one of the greatest illustrators of children's books we had. It's a shame she's gone. Her work here was beautiful. The text and the path of the story have a very old-fashioned feel (as opposed to some of the more "Disney-fied" stories) and Hyman's images are a perfect fit. (Although I will say that the prince looks way too old for a 15-year-old girl, fairytale princess or no.)
This is a very traditional telling of the Sleeping Beauty story, based on the fairy tale originally written down by the Brothers Grimm. There is no real innovation where the plot is concerned. What makes the book special is its beautiful illustrations. It is suitable either to be read aloud, or for the kids to read themselves. All in all, a beautiful telling of this classic story.
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Trina Schart Hyman (April 8, 1939 – November 19, 2004) was an American illustrator of children's books. She illustrated over 150 books, including fairy tales and Arthurian legends.

She won the 1985 Caldecott Medal for U.S. picture book illustration, recognizing Saint George and the Dragon, retold by Margaret Hodges.