Sleeping Beauty by Charles Perrault

Sleeping Beauty by Charles Perrault

There was a grand event in the palace. The king shared with the joyful news: he was blessed with a long- awaited daughter Aurora. There was a festive party in honor of the princess. Seven fairies were invited except the eighth one. Everybody thought she was dead. However, the uninvited guest came. Like the other guests, she got a seat at the table. But there was no golden drawer with the cutlery for her. The old fairy got angry. One of the young fairies got worried, that the offended guest would give a bad gift to the newborn. She decided to hide in the princess’ room. And she was right. The eighth guest told everybody that the princess would prick her hand on a spindle and die. But the young fairy appeared and promised that the princess wouldn’t die. She would only sleep for 100 years. Then a handsome prince will be able to wake her up.

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Sleeping Beauty by Charles Perrault

The people from a small town in France are outside the King’s summer castle. The King goes out onto the balcony.

‘We are very happy to tell you that we have a baby daughter. Her name is Aurora. Everyone is invited to a party, here at the castle, tomorrow,’ he says.

The King goes back into the castle. The Queen is singing to the baby.

The party tomorrow is going to be wonderful,’ says the King. ‘All the people from the town are coming and, of course, we must invite the Flower Fairies.’

Everyone in the castle is very busy. The cooks are cooking delicious roast meats with vegetables and they are making delicious cakes, too. The cleaners are sweeping and dusting. The Queen’s friends are picking flowers in the garden and putting flowers in all the rooms.

Sleeping Beauty by Charles Perrault

‘Mmm…! The food smells delicious,’ says the King ‘And the castle is very pretty with all these flowers.’ Little Princess Aurora is sleeping happily. She doesn’t know there is going to be a party tomorrow. The next day the sun shines and all the men, women and children from the town come to the party. The children like the new baby and want to pick her up.

‘You can pick her up later, when she wakes up,’ says the Queen.

‘Yes,’ says the King. ‘Come and sit down now. The food is ready and we’re all hungry!’

‘Look! Look! Over there by the trees,’ says a little boy.

Everyone turns and looks at the trees.

‘Oh!’ says a little girl. ‘Are they…?’

‘Yes, they are,’ says the Queen.

‘They’re the Flower Fairies!’

‘Hello,’ say the Flower Fairies. We’ve got some very special presents for Princess Aurora.’

‘She’s going to be beautiful,’ says Fairy Daisy.

‘She’s going to be happy,’ says Fairy Iris.

‘She’s going to be healthy,’ says Fairy Sunflower.

‘And…,’ says Fairy Poppy…

‘STOP!’ says another Fairy.

‘Who’s this?’ asks the Queen.

‘It’s Fairy Weed,’ say the Flower Fairies. ‘She’s a bad Fairy! She must leave the party…

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