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The Sleeping Beauty Picture Book   By: (1845-1915)

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The Sleeping Beauty Picture Book by Walter Crane is a true delight for both children and adults alike. This beautifully illustrated adaptation of the classic fairy tale takes readers on a magical journey through the enchanting world of Sleeping Beauty.

One of the standout features of this book is the captivating artwork. Walter Crane's illustrations are intricate, colorful, and full of life. Each page is adorned with detailed images that effortlessly transport readers into the story. Crane's attention to detail is truly remarkable, capturing the beauty and grandeur of the fairy tale world.

The text itself flows smoothly, following the original story of Sleeping Beauty with a few modern touches. The language is accessible to young readers, yet still retains a poetic quality that engages and enchants. It is a testament to Crane's skill as a storyteller that he is able to seamlessly blend the prose and illustrations together, creating a harmonious reading experience.

Moreover, the book's layout and design deserve praise. The large, easy-to-read text is complemented by the generous use of white space, allowing the illustrations to truly shine. The combination of beautiful images and clear text makes this book accessible to readers of all ages, whether they are reading it independently or being read to.

In addition to the story itself, The Sleeping Beauty Picture Book also includes an informative introduction by A. S. Byatt, which provides valuable historical context. Byatt's insights shed light on the significance of the tale, its origins, and its enduring popularity.

The only slight drawback of the book is its length. Some younger readers may find the story a bit lengthy, but the stunning illustrations should help maintain their interest. Additionally, the classic tale may already be familiar to many, making the predictable storyline a minor point of critique.

Overall, The Sleeping Beauty Picture Book is a magnificent adaptation of a beloved fairy tale. Walter Crane's illustrations, combined with the timeless story, create a truly enchanting reading experience. This book is a treasure that deserves a place on every bookshelf, and readers of all ages will find themselves mesmerized by its beauty and magic.

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The Sleeping Beauty; Bluebeard; The Baby's Own Alaphabet:

With the Original Coloured Designs by Walter Crane


Dodd, Mead and Company New York


Long, long ago, in ancient times, there lived a King and Queen, And for the blessing of a child their longing sore had been: At last, a little daughter fair, to their great joy, was given, And to the christening feast they made, they bade the Fairies seven


The Fairies seven, who loved the land that they the child might bless. Yet one old Fairy they left out, in pure forgetfulness. And at the feast, the dishes fair were of the reddest gold; But when the Fairy came, not one for her, so bad and old, Angry was she, because her place and dish had been forgot, And angry things she muttered long, and kept her anger hot.


Until the Fairy godmothers their gifts and wishes gave: She waited long to spoil the gifts, and her revenge to have. One gave the Princess goodness, and one gave her beauty rare; One gave her sweetest singing voice; one, gracious mien and air; One, skill in dancing; one, all cleverness; and then the crone Came forth, and muttered, angry still, and good gift gave she none;


But said, that in the future years the Princess young should die, By pricking of a spindle point ah, woeful prophecy! But now, a kind young Fairy, who had waited to the last, Stepped forth, and said, "No, she shall sleep till a hundred years are past; And then she shall be wakened by a King's son truth I tell And he will take her for his wife, and all will yet be well... Continue reading book >>

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