Sleeping Beauty Real Story For Kids
Sleeping Beauty or Little Briar Rose, also titled in English as “The Sleeping Beauty in the Woods”, is a classic fairy tale about a princess who is cursed to sleep for a hundred years by an evil fairy, to be awakened by a handsome prince at the end of them. The good fairy, realizing that the princess would be frightened if alone when she awakens, uses her wand to put every living person and animal in the palace asleep, to awaken when the princess does.
The earliest known version of the story is found in the narrative Perceforest, composed between 1330 and 1344. The tale was first published in 1697 by Giambattista Basile in his collection of tales titled The Pentamerone. Basile’s version was later adapted and published by Charles Perrault in 1697. This story was later collected and printed by the Brothers Grimm in 1812.
Different Version of The Sleeping Beauty Story
However, before you start to read this captivating story you need to know some important points about the story. The story we read today is much different than its original version which had some dark and immoral aspects. Italian writer Giambattista Basile’s original version of Sleeping Beauty, has the comatose princess being repeatedly raped by a king who is already married.
He comes across her and then the princess gives birth to his children, all while still asleep. In Basile’s “Pentamerone,” the tale takes the title of “Sun, Moon, and Talia. Here the sleeping beauty is named Talia. Frenchman Charles Perrault who is considered the father of fairy tales because of his work in 1697 removed much of the more terrifying aspects of Basile’s account of “Sleeping Beauty.”
The Brothers Grimm included a variant of Sleeping Beauty, Little Briar Rose, in their collection and made it into a different fairy tale. Their version ends when the prince arrives to wake Sleeping Beauty (named Rosamund) and does not include the second half of sleeping beauty, as found in Basile’s and Perrault’s versions.
We have taken Perrault’s version because Basile’s story is not the bedtime tale we can share with our kids today. In short, we want to keep this great story as original as possible, but not in an immoral and violent way.
Real Story of The Sleeping Beauty and Her Parents
A long time ago there lived a King and Queen who said to each other every day of their lives, “If only we had a child!” But for a long time, they had none. They were so sorry that it cannot be expressed. They went to all the waters in the world; vows, pilgrimages, all ways were tried, and all to no purpose. One day, as the Queen was bathing in a spring and dreaming of a child, a frog crawled out of the water and said to her, “Your wish shall be fulfilled. Before a year has gone by, you shall bring a baby daughter into the world.”
And as the frog foretold, so it happened; before a year had passed the Queen had a baby girl. The child was so beautiful and sweet that the King could not contain himself for joy. He ordained a great feast and invited all his friends, family, relatives, and neighbors. He invited the fairies, too, in order that they might be kind and favorable to the child.
There were eight of them in his kingdom, but as the King only had seven golden caskets for them, one of the fairies had to be left out. None of the guests was depressed by this as the eighth fairy was known to be cruel and wicked. So seven fairies came, each with a high red cap on her head, and red shoes with high heels on her feet, and a long white wand in her hand.
Places were laid for them in magnificent style, and before each was placed a solid gold casket containing a spoon, fork, and knife of fine gold, set with diamonds and rubies. The feast was celebrated with all splendor and when it came to an end, each of the fairies stood forward to present to the child their wonderful gifts, as was the custom of fairies in those days.
Why Did The Wicked Fairy Curse Little Princess
By this means the Princess had all the perfections imaginable. The youngest gave her for the gift that she should be the most beautiful person in the world; the next, that she should have the wit of an angel; the third, that she should have a wonderful grace in everything she did; the fourth, that she should dance perfectly well; the fifth, that she should sing like a nightingale; and the sixth, that she should play all kinds of music to the utmost perfection.
Just as six of the fairies had presented their gifts, a great noise was heard in the courtyard. Suddenly the uninvited eighth fairy appeared with a black cap on her head, and black shoes on her feet, and a broomstick in her hand. Now, as she had not been invited to the feast she was very angry and scolded the king and queen very much, and set to work to take her revenge.
Without greeting or respect, she cried with a loud voice, “In the fifteenth year of her age the Princess shall prick herself with a spindle and shall fall down dead!” And without speaking another word, she turned away and left the hall. This terrible gift made the whole company tremble.
Real Story of Sleeping Beauty and The Curse of Evil Fairy
The Curse of Sleeping Beauty: A Mishap That Finally Happened
Everyone was terrified at her saying and the Queen fell to the floor sobbing. At this very instant the seventh fairy, who had not yet bestowed her gift, quietly stepped forward. And though, her magic could not remove the curse, yet she could soften it, so she said these words aloud, “Assure yourselves, O King and Queen, that your daughter shall not die of this disaster.”
“It is true, I have no power to undo entirely what my elder has decreed. The princess will indeed prick her hand with a spindle. But instead of dying, she shall merely fall into a deep sleep that will last a hundred years. At the end of that time, a king’s son shall come and awaken her.”
Over the years, the promises of the fairies came true — one by one. The Princess grew to be beautiful, modest, kind, and clever. Everyone who saw her could not help but love her. The King and Queen were determined to prevent the curse placed on the Princess by the wicked fairy and sent out a command that all the spindles in the whole kingdom should be destroyed.
No one in the kingdom was allowed to tell the Princess of the curse that had been placed upon her for they did not want her to worry or be sad. On the morning of her fifteenth birthday, the Princess awoke early as she was excited to be another year older. She was up so early in the morning, that she realized everyone else still slept.
The Secret Behind The Princess’s 100 Years Deep Sleep
The young Princess roamed through the halls trying to keep herself occupied until the rest of the castle awoke. She was running about the castle, and going upstairs from room to room she came at length to a garret at the top of an old tower. Where in a little room sat an old woman with a spindle, busily spinning her flax. This old woman had never heard speak of the king’s proclamation forbidding the use of spinning wheels.
“Good morning, Granny,” said the Princess, “what are you doing?”
“I am spinning, my pretty child,” replied the old woman, who did not know who she was.
“Oh, what a fun!” said the Princess. “This is very pretty; how do you do it? Let me try and see if I can do it equally well.”
And she took the spindle and tried to spin too. Partly because she was too hasty, partly because she was a little heedless, but also because the fairy decree had ordained it, she had scarcely touched the spindle when it pricked her finger. At that moment she fell upon the bed which was standing near and lay still in a deep sleep.
The good old woman, not knowing very well what to do in this affair, cried out for help. People came in from every quarter in great numbers. They threw water upon Princess’s face, chafed her with their hands, and rubbed her temples with the royal essence of Hungary. But nothing would restore her.
Finally The Poor Princess Fall Prey To A Deep Sleep
Then the king, who had been brought upstairs by the commotion, remembered the fairy prophecy. Feeling certain that what had happened was inevitable, since the fairies had decreed it, he gave orders that the princess should be placed in the finest apartment in the palace, upon a bed embroidered with gold and silver. One would have taken her for a little angel, she was so very beautiful.
The trance had not taken away the lovely color of her complexion. Her cheeks were delicately flushed, her lips like coral. Her eyes, indeed, were closed, but her gentle breathing could be heard, which satisfied those about her that she was not dead. The king commanded that they should not disturb her, but let her sleep quietly until the hour of her awakening should come.
When the accident happened to the princess, the good fairy who had saved her life by condemning her to sleep a hundred years was in the kingdom of Mataquin, twelve thousand leagues away. She was instantly informed of it, however, by a little dwarf who had a pair of seven-league boots, which are boots that enable one to cover seven leagues at a single step.
The fairy set off at once, and she arrived, about an hour after, in a fiery chariot drawn by dragons. The king handed her down from her chariot, and she approved of all that he had done. But being gifted with great powers of foresight, she bethought herself that when the princess came to be awakened, she would be much distressed to find herself all alone in the old castle.
Amazing Story of Sleeping Beauty and Castle With Pictures
How The Fairy Protected The Princess In The Castle
And this is what she did. She touched with her wand everybody (except the king and queen) who was in the castle — governesses, maids of honor, ladies-in-waiting, gentlemen, officers, stewards, cooks, scullions, errand boys, guards, porters, pages, footmen. She touched likewise all the horses in the stables, with their grooms, the big mastiffs in the courtyard, and little Puff, the pet dog of the princess, who was lying on the bed beside his mistress.
The moment she had touched them they all fell asleep, to awaken only at the same moment as their mistress. Thus they would always be ready with their service whenever she should require it. The very spits before the fire, loaded with partridges and pheasants, subsided into slumber, and the fire as well. The wind died down and on the trees in front of the castle, not a leaf stirred.
All was done in a moment, for the fairies do not take long over their work. Then the king and queen having kissed their dear child without waking her, left the castle and put forth a proclamation that nobody should dare to come near it.
This, however, was not necessary, for within a quarter of an hour there grew up all around the park so vast a quantity of trees big and small, with interlacing brambles and thorns, that neither man nor beast could penetrate them. Round the castle, a hedge of brier roses began to grow up.
Every year it grew higher until at last the tops alone of the castle towers could be seen, and these only from a distance. Thus the Fairy gave herein a very extraordinary sample of her art, that the Princess, during all the time of her slumber, might have nothing to fear from any curious people.
Famous Legends About The Beauty and The Castle
There was a legend in the land about the lovely Sleeping Beauty, as the King’s daughter was called, and from time to time Princes came and tried to force their way through the hedge and into the castle. But they found it impossible for the thorns, as though they were alive, grabbed at them and would not let them through.
At the end of a hundred years, the throne had passed to another family from that of the sleeping princess. One day the king’s son chanced to go a-hunting that way, and seeing in the distance some towers in the midst of a large and dense forest, asked, “What those towers were which he saw in the middle of a great thick wood?”
His attendants told him in reply the various stories which they had heard. Some said there was an old castle haunted by ghosts, others that all the witches of the neighborhood held their revels there. The favorite tale was that in the castle lived an ogre, who carried thither all the children whom he could catch.
There he devoured them at his leisure, and since he was the only person who could force a passage through the wood nobody had been able to pursue him. While the prince was wondering what to believe, an old peasant took up the tale.
The Coming of The Prince Into The Old Castle
He said, “Your Highness, more than fifty years ago I heard from my father, who heard my grandfather say that in this castle lies a princess, the most beautiful that has ever been seen. It is her doom to sleep there for a hundred years, and then to be awakened by a king’s son, for whose coming she waits.”
He heard also that many Princes had tried to make it through the brier hedge but none had succeeded and many had been caught in it and died. The young Prince was all on fire at these words and he said, “I am not afraid. I must go and see this Sleeping Beauty.”
The good old man did all in his power to persuade him not to go, but the Prince would not listen. Now the hundred years were just ended. When the Prince approached the brier hedge it was covered with beautiful large roses. All the great trees, the bushes, and brambles gave way of themselves to let him pass unharmed.
He walked up to the castle which he saw at the end of a large avenue which he went into, and what a little surprised him was that he saw none of his people could follow him because the trees closed again as soon as he had passed through them. However, he did not cease from continuing his way because a young and amorous prince is always valiant.
Wonderful Love Story of Sleeping Beauty and Her Prince
How The Prince Awakened The Sleeping Beauty
He came into a spacious outward court, where everything he saw might have frozen the most fearless person with horror. There reigned all over a most frightful silence; the image of death everywhere showed itself, and there was nothing to be seen but stretched-out bodies of men and animals, all seeming to be dead. He, however, very well knew, by the ruby faces and pimpled noses of the beefeaters, that they were only asleep.
And their goblets, wherein still remained some drops of wine, showed plainly that they fell asleep in their cups. He then crossed a court paved with marble, went up the stairs, and came into the guard chamber, where guards were standing in their ranks, with their muskets upon their shoulders, and snoring as loud as they could.
After that, he went through several rooms full of gentlemen and ladies, all asleep, some standing, others sitting. All was so still that he could hear his own breathing. At last, he reached the tower and opened the door into a room all gilded with gold, where he saw upon a bed, the finest sight was ever beheld.
A princess, who appeared to be about fifteen or sixteen years of age, and whose bright and, in a manner, resplendent beauty, had somewhat in it divine was asleep. She was looking so beautiful that he could not take his eyes off her. He bent down before her upon his knees and gave her a kiss. As he touched her, Sleeping Beauty opened her eyes and smiled up at him.
And now, as the enchantment was at an end, the princess was looking on him with eyes more tender than the first view might seem to admit of. “Is it you, my prince?” said she to him. “You have waited a long while.” The Prince, charmed with these words, and much more with the manner in which they were spoken, knew not how to show his joy and gratitude.
Wedding Ceremony of The Prince and The Princess
He assured her that he loved her better than he did himself. However, their discourse was not well connected as they wept more than talk, with a little eloquence, a great deal of love. He was more at a loss than she, and we need not wonder at it. She had time to think on what to say to him; for it is very probable that the good Fairy, during so long asleep, had given her very agreeable dreams.
In short, they talked four hours together, and yet they said not half what they had to say. In the meanwhile all the palace awaked, everyone thought upon their particular business, and as all of them were not in love they were ready to die for hunger. The chief lady of honor, being as sharp set as other folks, grew very impatient and told the Princess aloud that supper was served up.
The Prince helped the Princess to rise. She was entirely dressed, and very magnificently, but his royal highness took care not to tell her that she was dressed like his great-grandmother, and had a point band peeping over a high collar. She looked not a bit less charming and beautiful for all that.
They went into the great hall of looking-glasses, where they supped, and were served by the Princess’s officers, the violins and hautboys played old tunes, but very excellent, though it was now above a hundred years since they had played. After supper, without losing any time, the Lord Almoner married them in the chapel of the castle, and the chief lady of honor drew the curtains.
Why Prince Returned To Kingdom After Marriage
Now the Prince and Sleeping Beauty were married but the Princess had no occasion and the Prince left her the next morning to return to the city, where his father’s must needs have been in pain for him. The Prince told his parents that he lost his way in the forest as he was hunting and that he had lain in the cottage of a charcoal-burner, who gave him cheese and brown bread. The King, his father, who was a good man, believed him.
But his mother could not be persuaded it was true and seeing that he went almost every day a-hunting and that he always had some excuse ready for so doing, though he had lain out three or four nights together, she began to suspect that he was married. The Prince lived with the Princess above two whole years and had by her two children.
The eldest of which, who was a daughter, was named Morning, and the youngest, who was a son, they called Day, because he was more handsome and more beautiful than his sister. The Queen spoke several times to her son, to inform herself after what manner he did pass his time, and that in this he ought in duty to satisfy her. But he never dared to trust her with his secret.
He feared her, though he loved her, for she was of the race of the Ogres, and the King would never have married her had it not been for her vast riches. It was even whispered about the Court that she had Ogreish inclinations, and that, whenever she saw little children passing by, she had all the difficulty in the world to avoid falling upon them. And so the Prince would never tell her one word.
True Story of The Sleeping Beauty, King and Their Kids
How The Ogre Queen Fulfilled Her Horrible Wishes
But when the King was dead, which happened about two years afterward, and he saw himself lord, and master, he openly declared his marriage. He went in great ceremony to conduct his Queen to the palace. The Prince and the Sleeping Beauty with their two children made a magnificent entry into the capital city. Soon after the King went to make war with Emperor Contalabutte, his neighbor.
He left the government of the kingdom to the Queen his mother, and earnestly recommended to her care his wife and children. He was obliged to continue his expedition all the summer, and as soon as he departed the Queen-mother sent her daughter-in-law to a country house among the woods, that she might with the more ease gratify her horrible longing.
But the wicked queen could not contain her dreadful wish for human flesh and after some days she said to her clerk of the kitchen, “I have a mind to eat little Morning for my dinner tomorrow.”
“Ah! madam” cried the clerk of the kitchen.
“I will have it so,” replied the Queen, in the tone of an Ogress who had a strong desire to eat fresh meat, “and will eat her with a sauce Robert.”
The poor man, knowing very well that he must not play tricks with Ogresses, took his great knife and went up into little Morning’s chamber. She was then four years old and came up to him jumping and laughing, to take him about the neck, and ask him for some sugar candy. Upon which he began to weep and the great knife fell out of his hand.
Later he went into the backyard, killed a little lamb, and dressed it with such good sauce that his mistress assured him that she had never eaten anything so good in her life. He had at the same time taken up little Morning, and carried her to his wife, to conceal her in the lodging he had at the bottom of the courtyard.
Wicked Queen and Her Obsession For Human Flesh
About eight days afterward the wicked Queen said to the clerk of the kitchen, “I will sup on little Day.” He answered not a word, being resolved to cheat her as he had done before. He went to find out little Day, and saw him with a little foil in his hand, with which he was fencing with a great monkey, the child being then only three years of age. He took him up in his arms and carried him to his wife.
He concealed him in her chamber along with his sister, and in the room of little Day cooked up a young kid, very tender, which the Ogress found to be wonderfully good. Everything was going well but one evening the wicked Queen again expressed her horrible wish to the clerk of the kitchen, “I will eat the Queen with the same sauce I had with her children.”
It was now that the poor clerk of the kitchen couldn’t find himself capable to deceive her. The young Queen was turned of twenty, not reckoning the hundred years she had been asleep; and how to find in the yard a beast so firm was what puzzled him. Then he took a resolution that he might save his own life.
To cut the Queen’s throat, he went into her chamber, and with intent to do it at once, he put himself into as great fury as he could possibly. He secretly came into the young Queen’s room with his dagger in his hand. But surprisingly he told the princess, with a great deal of respect, the orders he had received from the Queen-mother.
How The Cook Saved The Life of Beauty and Her Kids
The grief-stricken princess said to him, “Do it. Do it at once. Execute your orders, and then I shall go and see my children, my poor children, whom I so much and so tenderly loved.” For she thought them dead ever since they had been taken away without her knowledge. The poor clerk of the kitchen cried with tear-filled eyes, “No, no, madam, you need not die.”
“You shall see your children again but then you must go home with me to my lodgings, where I have concealed them. I shall deceive the Queen once more, by giving her in your stead a young hind.” Upon this he at once conducted her to his chamber, where, leaving her to embrace her children, and cry along with them, he went and dressed a young hind, which the Queen had for her supper.
He devoured it with the same appetite as if it had been the young Queen. She was extremely delighted with her cruelty. She had invented a story to tell the King, at his return, how the mad wolves had eaten up the Queen his wife, and her two children.
One evening, the queen was rambling round about the courts and yards of the palace to see if she could smell any fresh meat. She heard little Day crying in a ground room, for his mamma was going to whip him because he had been naughty. At the same time, she heard the little Morning begging pardon for her brother.
How King, Beauty and Their Children United Again
The Ogress promptly recognized the voice of the Queen and her children. She became mad with anger because she had been deceived by them. So she commanded next morning, by break of day that they should bring into the middle of the great court a large tub. She then ordered to fill the tub with toads, vipers, snakes, and all sorts of serpents, in order to have thrown into it the Queen and her children, the clerk of the kitchen, his wife, and maid.
The wicked queen said all this with a most horrible voice, which made everybody tremble. The servants executed the queen’s orders without delay and they tied their hands behind them. They were brought out accordingly, and the executioners were just going to throw them into the tub but then a miracle happened.
The King, who was not so soon expected, entered the court on horseback and asked, with the utmost astonishment, what was the meaning of that horrible spectacle. No one dared to tell him but the Ogress who was at her wit’s loss to see what had happened, threw herself head foremost into the tub.
She was instantly consumed by the ugly creatures she had ordered to be thrown into it for others. The King felt very sorry for the wicked queen, for she was his mother. But he soon comforted himself with his beautiful wife and his pretty children. After the incident, they lived happily all their lives.