Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep (The Princess Tales)

Title: Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep

Series: The Princess Tales (Book #3)

Author: Gail Carson Levine

Year: 1999

Summary: A spiteful fairy. A beautiful princess. An outstretched finger. A spindle. A hundred-year snooze. A charming prince. A kiss. All the familiar ingredients.

But wait! Where did that extra prince come from? And those fairy gifts that were never there before? And what does a flock of balding sheep have to do with anything?

In this retelling of the fairy tale Sleeping Beauty, Princess Sonora, who is ten times smarter than anyone else, vows to choose for herself the best time to be pricked by the spindle.

Review: This review was originally written for publication on Fairy Tale Central. Click here to read the full review.

Gail Carson Levine’s Princess Tales were my first introduction to retellings outside of the classic Disney films, and I have many fond memories of reading these books throughout my childhood. Princess Sonora was a favorite from its first reading and still continues to be so!

Sonora begins her life as a typical, fairytale princess. But when seven good-meaning fairies and one fairy thought dead show up to bless her with gifts, things get a little bit out of control! Suddenly, Sonora’s beautiful, graceful, ten times more brilliant than everyone else, and cursed to sleep when she pricks her finger inevitably on a spindle.

Of course, as any brilliant princess would do, Sonora takes matters into her own hands and stashes her own private spindle — to be used when SHE deems is best to fall into a 100 year sleep.

There’s so much in this little book to love, honestly. Sonora is a know-it-all struggling to find her place in the world, since everyone she tries to help seems to spurn her advice. She’s curious and her gift for memorizing books and figuring things out helps her gain quite a bit of knowledge, but no one really enjoys having a seven-year-old genius telling them how to do their job better.

100 years later, Prince Christopher doesn’t have any special fairy gifts, but he does have an insatiable curiosity. He’s constantly asking questions of those he knows, but has yet to find satisfactory answers — if anyone bothers to give him answers at all. They all keep saying that Princess Sonora would know the answer, but apparently her name is merely an expression.

Princess Sonora knows, but don’t ask her.

Well-used proverb in Biddle and Kulornia

Again, click here to read the full review on Fairy Tale Central. And don’t forget to check out all the other fun Sleeping Beauty content this month!

Advisory: Obviously, one kiss, but I’d hardly classify this as a romance novel. Super squeaky clean, and appropriate for all ages.

Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

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