Sleeping Ugly

Sleeping Ugly


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A clever twist on Sleeping Beauty for emergent readers.

Princess Miserella is very beautiful outside, but inside she's the meanest, wickedest princess around. Plain Jane, on the other hand, has a face to match her name but a sweet and loving nature that earns her three wishes from a fairy. Miserella's horrible manners make the fairy so angry that her magic throws them all into a deep sleep. 

Will the handsome prince kiss the right girl?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780698115606
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date: 04/28/1997
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 64
Sales rank: 789,015
Product dimensions: 5.75(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.20(d)
Lexile: 590L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Born and raised in New York City, Jane Yolen now lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts. She attended Smith College and received her master's degree in education from the University of Massachusetts. The distinguished author of more than 170 books, Jane Yolen is a person of many talents. When she is not writing, Yolen composes songs, is a professional storyteller on the stage, and is the busy wife of a university professor, the mother of three grown children, and a grandmother. All of Yolen's stories and poems are rooted in her sense of family and self. The Emperor and the Kite, which was a Caldecott Honor Book in 1983 for its intricate paper-cut illustrations by Ed Young, was based on Yolen's relationship with her late father, who was an international kite-flying champion. Owl Moon, winner of the 1988 Caldecott Medal for John Schoenherr's exquisite watercolors, was inspired by her husband's interest in birding.

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Sleeping Ugly 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
ezwicky on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Being nice is more important than being beautiful or being rich in this version of the tale, in which the sleeping princess ends up staying asleep. The nasty princess says "stupid, stupid, stupid" which my daughter likes to parrot, unfortunately. (I tried pointing out that in the book, this results in a curse which makes her produce toads when she talked. My daughter, like the heroine, likes toads, and did not see the downside here.) The language is good, and the story is satisfying. Nobody in it behaves perfectly (using the princess for a coatrack is a bit mean), but that's OK with me.
raizel on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
SPOILER: I was bothered enough by the choice at the end to leave the beautiful but mean princess in a coma that the entire story did not work for me. Modernizing the story a bit with a more casual manner of speaking and modern day dress made it closer to real life and made the princess that much closer to being dead for her crime of hitting people and animals---too draconian a measure to suit me. And, yes, I agree with another reviewer who objected to the Prince falling in love with Plain Jane because she wished it; there were, however, enough other reasons for his loving her that it wasn't entirely clear that the fairy needed to grant Jane's wish. The morals---inner beauty is more important than outer; kindness wins the day---are what you would expect in an educational book. And not what
Kace on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a Lexa review, who ran downstairs and wanted to share her favorite parts of the story, which happened to be the whole thing. I was digging the story, very much approved the "moral of the story"..Yolen had me until suddenly we got to one of the princesses' wishes. She used a wish to MAKE the prince love her. NOOOOO! Yolen, you had me until that point...but I won't make this an angry diatribe. This will remain my 7 year old's review, in purest form, removed of my peculiar bias that girls be given better role models.I have to say, this huge issue aside, the writing was fun.
kthomp25 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is a reader featuring the skills of accomplished and accomplished writer, Yolen, and illustrator, Stanley. This story deals realistically with unpleasant people. The characters do not attempt to alter any evil behavior, they just work around it. I especially enjoyed the prince's nod to three of his own cousins, Bratina, Prunella, and Nastina who related to Miserella in looks and deeds. A very different take on the usual fairy tale.
cry6546 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This Traditional Fantasy story puts a spin on Sleeping Beauty. Princess Miserella, a beautiful ungracious princess, gets lost in the woods. Princess Miserella then meets Plain Jane, a kind and homely lady, who has been given three wishes by a fairy. The fairy waved her wand so hard that they all fell asleep for many years. Prince Jojo then wakes the three ladies up with a kiss and decides to marry Plain Jane since she has such a beautiful heart.This story had a great theme of the importance of inner beauty. The story was very funny especially at the ending. I would recommend this story to any grade level.One activity would be to have two worksheets in the shape of hearts representing Plain Jane and Princess Misserella. I would then have the children list what Princess Misserella's and Plain Jane's hearts were full of under the heart. They would then decorate the hearts however they felt representing the characters. Another activity would be to talk about why Plain Jane has a good heart and Princess Misserella has a bad heart. I would then have the children write about ways to have a good heart.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book has a great story line with plot twists. I loved it when I was younger. I would reccommend it for students that are ready to start transitioning into chapter books because it is longer and has more words but no chapters yet.
Guest More than 1 year ago
My nine-year-old reading partner and I think that this one of the best! The princess' 'issues' far outweigh her rank and beauty, and the fairy is on to her from the beginning. A delightful story. Highly recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A lovely and humorous twist on 'Sleeping Beauty.' The illustrations fit perfectly.