Sleeping Beauty (Briar Rose): Background information when reading A Million Things

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A Million Things

by Emily Spurr

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Sleeping Beauty (Briar Rose)

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Sleeping Beauty by Henry Meynell Rheam In A Million Things by Emily Spurr, 10-year-old Rae recalls her mother reading her the story of Briar Rose. Briar Rose, better known as Sleeping Beauty, is a popular fairy tale character. While many people may be familiar with recent versions of her story, including the 1959 animated Disney adaptation, the tale is centuries old and has gone through multiple incarnations, some of them much more sinister than the child-friendly version told today.

The story began to gain its current foothold on popularity in the 1630s, with a collection of tales by Giambattista Basile, based on oral folk narratives taken from areas of present-day Italy. Basile's collection included fairy tale characters such as Cinderella, Rapunzel and Sleeping Beauty. While the story of Sleeping Beauty is now generally known as a romantic tale about a princess who falls into a deep sleep and is awakened by the kiss of a handsome prince, Basile's version, "Sun, Moon and Talia," features infidelity, sexual violence...

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