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VINE VOICEon December 3, 2002
This is a nice little version of Disney's Sleeping Beauty, but be aware - it is a coloring book. I thought I was buying a regular paperback Golden Book. Was I surprised! As far as coloring books go, it is a nice one. The story of Sleeping Beauty is told from beginning to end. There is a wide variety of things to color - animals, fairies, people. It's also fun because of the "shape" feature; it's not your usual rectangular book. Unfortunately for me, I wanted a pre-colored book to read to my daughter, but if you are looking for a coloring book, this is a nice one.
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Having read four different editions, I'm merging the reviews to make comparison easier. The five star rating reflects the highest rating that any edition below has, but each version has gotten a different rating that is noted in parenthesis.

The basic story: After years of wishing for a child, the King and Queen finally have a girl who, other than Princess and later Sleeping Beauty, has no name. Fairies (the number varies) come to the celebration of her birth and bestow good things upon her, except for one fairy who wasn't invited (details vary). Her gift to the child is a promise that she will die when she is sixteen years old, after pricking her finger on a spindle. This terrible curse cannot be removed but one last fairy has a gift left to give and softens the curse so that the Princess will sleep until kissed by a Prince, rather than die. Her father's efforts to thwart the curse do no good and the curse comes true years later. The fairy who'd lightened the curse puts the rest of the castle's residents to sleep and grows a magical forest around it to protect them until the right Prince comes along. When he does, happiness and life are restored to the castle and the Prince and Princess marry.

ISBN 0394927982 Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty (Disney's Wonderful World of Reading) and ASIN B000WPNRK8 SLEEPING BEAUTY (5 stars) - Keep in mind that Disney's Wonderful World of Reading books are intended to help youngsters start reading on their own, because this book isn't meant for the advanced reader. The story is shortened and altered somewhat and the text is simplified using easy vocabulary words. The graphics are part of the story in these books, as well, making it easy for young readers to see what's happening as they learn to read. The entire set is standard Disney - bright, beautiful graphics to catch kids' eyes and pull them into the wonderful world of reading!

ISBN 0785300252 The Sleeping Beauty (Fairy Tale Treasury, Volume 1) (3 stars) -The one thing that makes Jane Jerrard's adaptation for the Fairy Tale Treasury series is the almost pocket-size, perfect for taking along when you're out of the house. The illustrations by Burgandy Nilles are nice and, considering how small they are, surprisingly detailed. They are generally much less vibrantly colored than the Disney illustrations. This version is all right, but just doesn't compare to the Disney edition.

ISBN 0736422528 Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty (4 stars) - I'm always a little wary of books that cut a 90 minute movie into less than a dozen pages. This one does an okay job, but not stellar. Maleficent put a spell on Princess Aurora that would cause her to fall into a deep sleep, not die, when she turned 16. Nothing would ever wake her again except a true love's kiss. Fortunately, Aurora has three good fairies looking out for her and, when the time comes, they send Prince Phillip to rescue her. They arm him with a sword and shield and he uses these to fight Maleficent, in the form of a dragon, before he is able to reach Aurora. This adaptation, by Mary Wilson, is not flawless. For one thing, it is so rushed that you get the feeling it might be the middle book of a three-book set. It's not, of course, it's just missing any slow paced lead-in and is wrapped up in seconds. The pace, however, feels much faster to an adult, who can read it in under 2 minutes, than it does when you take your time reading it to a child. The illustrations are standard Disney, though surprisingly dark overall. Weirdly, the yellow and white curls that appear to rise from Aurora's sleeping form make it look like she smells. That was a bit of an odd choice, but the rest are all good. The glossy board book pages wipe clean easily and are sturdy enough to take a bit of abuse.

ASIN B000MK55MQ Walt Disney's Sleeping Beauty(4 stars) - Back cover text: Discover the magic of friendship as the fairies plan a very special birthday for Briar Rose. This story is written by Lisa Findlay. Forget everything you've read in this review so far, because this book is not AT ALL what you're going to expect. Despite having the same name, and some of the same characters, this is not the Sleeping Beauty story you think it is. Three fairies live with Briar Rose, hiding her from Maleficent. They don't use magic because that would give them away, but when they set out to make a cake and a dress for Briar Rose for her sixteenth birthday, they discover that they really need their magic. They take a risk and give Briar Rose the happiest day of her life. The illustrations are typical Disney. It's a cute story, but it is simply NOT the Sleeping Beauty tale and it really shouldn't have been advertised as such because people will be terribly disappointed if they're not previously aware. I give it four stars for what it is, can't give it five because it feels deceptive.

- AnnaLovesBooks
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on February 4, 2010
My daughters love this coloring book (and so do I). There a lots of fun pictures that look just like scenes from the movies. Brings back lots of memories from when I was little.
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on October 28, 2015
Love the book, my 19 months old daughter was very intrigued by it. The book is very well made, with the original story written on the bottom of each page. However, it is NOT shaped as advertised by the title.
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on April 25, 2014
The coloring book is great, but it is NOT shaped like Princess Aurora as in the photo. Overall happy with the purchase.
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on July 31, 2011
A coloring book like this was a pretty safe gift for my Grand Daughter who adores Briar Rose in the Sleeping Beauty Disney series and she was NOT disappointed in this small treasure. She seems to have very much enjoyed having this added to her collection of coloring books. The pictures on nice and the flow of the book for her age has been pretty good ( she is a relatively advanced 4 year old ) there are a few pictures that are complicated enough that she has had a good amount of coloring that is not as good as normal but the main portion of this book is within her range of fun and learning.
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on November 2, 2013
While this is an adorable little coloring book, it was misrepresented. It's not shaped like Sleeping Beauty. I would have bought this anyway, it just makes me mad when people lie about their product, and that's the reason for the low rating.
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on July 14, 2015
In addition to receiving a very disappointing laundry hamper today, this arrived in the mail. It is NOT shaped; it is just a standard, rectangular coloring book.
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on September 19, 2013
Filled with great pics of all the characters from sleeping beauty movie. Reasonably priced! Wish there was less of the dragon/malleficient, but overall good.
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on February 11, 2016
Not enough pages with Sleeping Beauty... so many of Malificent. My 4-year-old daughter wasn't impressed. ;)
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