Sleeping Beauty is one of my favorite Disney princesses, mostly because I remember being so incredibly enchanted with the Sleeping Beauty movie when I was a little girl. This is one of those old posts that had links to other places and that I recently drew up a set of coloring pages to add.
Most of us think of Disney when we think of Sleeping Beauty, but not everyone knows that the story is based on a very old tale written by Charles Perrault. Did you know that the original Sleeping Beauty story was written in 1697?! That dame is over 300 years old!! I had thought it was written by the Brothers Grimm, but in fact, they rewrote Charles Perrault’s literary tale instead.
There is also a second, and rather morbid part of the story that Perrault wrote. It was thankfully left out of most of the future versions of Sleeping Beauty. In it, after she and the prince marry, his mother tries to kill her and her children. I’m always interested in this kind of trivia – but I’m pretty darn sure I prefer the ‘happily ever after’ ending to something like that!!