Sleeping Beauty

November 13, 2012

A really, really exciting thing has been happening recently. I was going through some books that I'd been saving since Julia was baby/toddler aged and I pulled book after book off the shelf and realized, 'She's old enough for this one now', 'And this one', 'Oh this one as well' ~ I had a huge pile of books that I had been saving for ages and now, BOOM, she's ready for them!

How did that happen exactly? My baby is now a full grown child. 

Of course, because I am me, this caused me anxiety and stress. How are we going to get through all of these books? There's not enough time in the day. Julia doesn't want to sit reading books all day like I did when I was little. She wants to sing and yell and jump around.

But she's been very much on a fairy tale kick lately and she's now ready for this longer-in-text length version of  'Sleeping Beauty', most gorgeously illustrated by K.Y. Craft.  Look at that dragon! Look closely. See the white fairy seated at the top? Fanflippingtastic. The bad fairy is bit terrifying, no? Don't worry, that's all you see of her.

I also really want to see Craft's versions of 'Cinderella' and the 'The Twelve Dancing Princesses' as well. Oh and if you have a tiny tot at home, I love this version of 'Sleeping Beauty', it's darling and charming and just right for the littles.

This art, this is what I see in my mind when I imagine fairy tales. (I'm feeling fairytale-ish lately and have been happily pinning away on my Fairy Tales Pinterest board. Take a peek!)





20 comments:

  1. Oh, I LOVE this version of Sleeping Beauty, and The Twelve Dancing Princesses IS that gorgeous, too! Oooo, enjoy, enjoy! And there is always bedtime or bad weather days to enjoy books together.

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    1. Twelve Dancing Princesses...it SHALL BE MINE. Not will, SHALL! I read the first Mrs. Piggle Wiggle book to her last week during bedtimes and she loooved it and has been reading parts of it on her own! Gotta remember, the book race is a marathon, not a sprint...I keep telling myself :)

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  2. Oh my goodness! The gorgeousness here is overwhelming!!!! :) Thank you for sharing yet another gem. :)

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    1. It's my calling, sweet Michelle! It's also my calling to share thoughts about my family on the internet, much to my husband's deep chagrin...;)

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  3. Oh WOW! Amazing. All the books I must find in my life. That's what's causing me stress and anxiety. ;)

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    1. I've been chasing a certain book for over a year now and I'm almost in tears about it b/c soon Julia will be too old for it and I'm just freaking out over the whole deal!! I want start a show, Book Hunters International...

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    2. YES YES! Lets start a show... then it would be our real life jobs to go hunting for books. Right?

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  4. More books into my shopping cart... Oh Melissa, you find the most exquisite books! I could not help myself. I read the Twelve Dancing Princesses already but have never seen the other books. But soon they will be mine! *rubs hands together*

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    1. Thank you ma cherie ~ I'm so happy you have these beauties coming to you!

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  5. oh, fairy tales, HOw I love thee..... For whatever reason, Sleeping beauty was always my favorite as a child....this one looks fantastic. Thanks for sharing all the beautiful books with us!

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    1. There is nothing in this world I love more than a divinely illustrated fairy tale!!! we are so on the same page, as we are on so many things book-related ;)

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  6. If you haven't already, you MUST check out Sleeping Bunny and Bunny and the Beast both illustrated by Pamela Silin-Palmer. Never even attempted to get my boys to look at these, they are totally for me. I'm not sure I've ever even read them, I just look at the pretty pictures!

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    1. What?? Sleeping Bunny?? Oh I must go find....thanks for the tip Miss Paula!!

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  7. This is so beautiful! You know, when I was a little girl, I loved the Disney movie "The Sleeping Beauty" because the art was so amazing. Yes, I was seven and critiquing the art ;) the scene where Rose is asleep and they do a close up of her...so beautiful it almost made me cry ;) I love a gorgeous fairytale, and this one looks magnificent!

    I found a book like this recently too--- I think I bought it when Audrey was a baby. A beautifully illustrated rendition of "The Snow Queen" which is quite long, but the illustrations by Pavel Tatarnikov are brilliant. They inspire me. And I am now glad audrey might be old enough to enjoy it now! Maybe we'll try it tonight?
    This is the book I mean: http://www.amazon.com/Snow-Queen-Hans-Christian-Andersen/dp/B006CDSFCY/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1352854090&sr=8-1&keywords=the+snow+queen+pavel+tatarnikov

    hope you're having a great visit in Hawaii! And thanks for being my Tasha Tuesday today! :D

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    1. SNOW QUEEN IS MY FAVORITE -- my favoritest favorite, not sure why. That and East of the Sun, West of the Moon. I must and will find!!! Thanks so much for letting me know!!

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  8. Ooh, Book Hunters International! That would be awesome, LOL! I am having anxiety and stress over books too - I feel like there's so many I want to read and re-read a few times with my daughter and that there won't be time to do it all!

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  9. This one has been on my wish list since before Baby Whimsy was born. I adore the illustrations.

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    1. I got this when my daughter was just a wee baby! I love that you call your baby, 'Baby Whimsy' -- cutest thing ever :)

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