Sleeping Little Rose

Ane Gustavsson

Original Title
Lilla Törnrosa
Published
Natur & kultur, 2017
Genre
Picture books
Pages
32
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Sleeping Little Rose

Ane Gustavsson

Illustrator and author Ane Gustavsson has made a modern adaptation of the classic tale of the Sleeping Beauty.

When I started working with the Sleeping Beauty text I was forced to get rid of some old characters and props to get down to a message I could stand behind. I took away the king and queen, the prince and princess, the fairies, the castle and gold plates and a few other things, but the fairy tale about the Sleeping Beauty remained. The castle became a cottage, the fairies became animals in the forest. The sleep, a blanket of winter and the prince a child from another country.

Sleeping Beauty’s slumber has been interpreted as an image of puberty, when she wakes up she’s a woman and marries the prince. In my version, she turns 10 years old, another important day, and I want her life to consist
of a lot of playfulness and curiosity before she decides IF she wants to marry. There are different ways to look at the meaning of life. For me friendship, fellowship and compassion are the strong messages in the tale of theSleeping Beauty. And friendships can be found any where in the world
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– Ane Gustavsson

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