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History of Sleeping Beauty for Children
Over 400 years ago people were telling the tale of Sleeping Beauty! In the 1600s Charles Perault wrote down the tale of Sleeping Beauty. He is known as the father of fairy tales. Fairy tales are very old tales people used to tell one another about magical creatures in the woods way before anyone had TV or the Internet.
People loved this story so much that in the 1800s they made a ballet out of it in Russia. The famous Russian composer, Peter Tchaikovsky wrote the music for “The Sleeping Beauty”. This ballet is still performed today. It is a great ballet for kids as it is full of colorful fairies dancing and a happy ending. There are also many books and movies based on the tale of Sleeping Beauty.
Pretend to be Sleeping Beauty! Learn About Pantomime!
In this video from "Prima Princessa Presents Sleeping Beauty" a Sleeping Beauty for children dance-along show, kids get to pretend to be fall asleep just like Sleeping Beauty as they learn about the art of Pantomime. Join the fun!
Story of Sleeping Beauty for Children
The King and Queen are having a big Christening party to celebrate the birth of their new baby girl Aurora. It is a really big event and lots of people and fairies are coming to see the new baby. Accidentally, the King and Queen forgot to invite the evil fairy Carbosse. She shows up any way and is very mad.
To punish the King and Queen for forgetting about her, she casts an evil spell on baby Aurora. Her spell will make is so that when Aurora turns 16 she will poke her finger on a poison knitting needle and die. Fortunately, the good and equally powerful Lilac Fairy casts her own spell which lessens the power of Carbosse’s spell. Instead of dieing when her finger is pricked, Aurora will instead and all those in her kingdom will fall into a deep sleep. Only the kiss from a noble prince will be able to awaken Aurora and the kingdom.
When Aurora turns 16 her parents, the King and Queen throw her a big party. The evil fairy Carabosse sneaks into the party disguised as an old woman. She gives Aurora a gift of a knitting needle. Before her parents can stop Aurora she accidentally pricks her finger. The entire kingdom then falls asleep for 100 years.
The forest trees grow all around the kindgdom hiding it from view, until one day a prince discovers the kingdom with the help of the good Lilac Fairy. He sees Aurora and gives her a kiss on the lips. The kingdom comes back to like. Aurora and her prince get married and everyone lives happily ever after.
Ballet for Kids Tip: If you take your child to see "The Sleeping Beauty" ballet I recommend telling them the story first as she will be able to follow the ballet much easier. Kids under 10 will do better seeing a shorten version of Sleeping Beauty. These short ballets for kids are great way to start out.