Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep

Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep


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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?

Gail Carson Levine has waved her magic wand over the old standby of "Sleeping Beauty" and presto! It reappears, transformed, sparkling and hilarious. Chuckles and giggles are guaranteed.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780060280642
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 09/08/1999
Series: Princess Tales Series
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 829,984
Product dimensions: 4.00(w) x 7.00(h) x 0.62(d)
Lexile: 650L (what's this?)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

About the Author

Gail Carson Levine's first book for children, Ella Enchanted, was a Newbery Honor Book. Levine's other books include Ever, a New York Times bestseller; Fairest, a Best Book of the Year for Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal, and a New York Times bestseller; Dave at Night, an ALA Notable Book and Best Book for Young Adults; The Wish; The Two Princesses of Bamarre; A Tale of Two Castles; and the six Princess Tales books. She is also the author of the nonfiction books Writing Magic: Creating Stories That Fly and Writer to Writer: From Think to Ink, as well as the picture books Betsy Who Cried Wolf and Betsy Red Hoodie. Gail Carson Levine and her husband, David, live in a two-centuries-old farmhouse in the Hudson Valley of New York State.

Mark Elliott is the illustrator of many picture books and novels for young readers, including Gail Carson Levine's ever-popular Princess Tales series. He lives in New York State's Hudson River Valley.

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Chapter One

What a hideous baby, the fairy Arabella thought. She said, "My gift to Sonora is beauty." She touched the baby's yellow squooshed-up face with her wand.

The baby began to change. Her scrawny arms and legs became plump, and her blotchy yellow skin turned pink. Her pointy head became round. Honey-colored ringlets appeared on her scalp.

Ouch! It hurt to have your body change shape and to grow hair on your head in ten seconds. Sonora wailed.

King Humphrey II of Biddle thought, Why did the fairy do that? As his first-born child-as his lovey dovey oodle boodle baby-she had been fine the way she was. But he bowed low to the fairy. "Thank you, Arabella. What a wonderful gift." A person could get into a lot of trouble for failing to thank a fairy.

Queen Hermione II picked up the yowling baby and cuddled her. Then she curtsied deeply and thanked the fairy too, even though she wanted to wail along with her daughter. Sonora looks six months old, the queen thought. I wanted to watch her grow.

Gradually Sonora stopped crying, and her mother put her back into the gilded cradle. Time for the second fairy gift.

The fairy Allegra waved her wand over the baby. "I give Sonora the gift of a loving heart."

Something was happening again, Sonora realized. But this was better. This didn't hurt. She pictured the tall being and the soft being who fed her and held her and made noises to her. They were nice! She loved them! She said, "Goo," and blew a wet bubble.

Adorable! King Humphrey II thought.

Sweet! Queen Hermione II thought.

"My turn!" The fairy Adalissia stepped up to the cradle.

Adalissia gave Sonora gracefulness. Then the fairy Annadora gave her goodhealth, and the fairy Antonetta made her the smartest human in the world.Not much changed when Sonora got good health, since she was healthy already. And not much changed when she got gracefulness, because month-old babies don't have much opportunity to be graceful. But something did happen when Antonetta made her a smart person. Sonora listened more closely when the nice beings thanked the fairy. She noticed her own name and knew that she'd heard it before.

Aurora, the sixth fairy, was flustered. She had planned to make Sonora the smartest person in the world, but that miserable Antonetta had stolen her gift. Now what could she give the baby?

She could make the child beautiful. But no, Arabella had already used that one. Adalissia had done gracefulness. What was left? They were all looking at her. They were laughing behind their sympathetic faces, glad they had been at the head of the line.

"Er . . ." Aurora waved her wand vaguely. Then she had it. It was so simple. It was much better than Antonetta's. She leaned over the cradle and touched Sonora on the nose with her wand. "My gift is brilliance. Sonora is ten times as smart as any human in the world." There.

Sonora felt something happen again, a tickle and a little shake inside her head. Then-it was done. She closed her eyes to think, really think, for the first time. She listened to the noise the tall being was making. She remembered all the noises people had made with their mouths since she'd been born. Some of the noises sounded alike. Some of them always went together.

Now the soft being was making noises. They were words! The noises were words. She was thanking the fairy for her gift. She was hoping that Sonora (that's me! that's me!) would use her extraordinary intelligence well.

Sonora opened her eyes. The soft being was her mother. She was beautiful, with her big brown eyes and those lips that liked to smile at Sonora. Of course she loved her mother, since the fairy had just given her a loving heart. Sonora wondered why the fairy had done that. Didn't she think Sonora might be naturally loving?

The fairy Adrianna came forward to the cradle. "My gift-"The door to the royal nursery flew open. Adrianna gasped. The other fairies gasped. King Humphrey II gasped. Queen Hermione II gasped.

Sonora heard the gasps, but she could see only the things right above her, such as the pink dragon-shaped balloon that hung over the cradle. She thought, Why couldn't these fairies have given me something useful, like the ability to sit up and see what's going on?

A new fairy came in. She looked like all the others. Tall, with rubbery-looking wings, surrounded by a flickering rainbow of lights. Smiling like the others had been till a second ago.

Queen Hermione II rushed to the newcomer. "Belladonna! We're honored." In her mind she shouted, Don't hurt my baby! Don't hurt Sonora!

The fairy looked around the room. "Pretty nursery," she cooed in an extra-sweet voice. "Cuddly stuffed unicorn. Handsome dollcastle." She looked in the cradle. "Beautiful baby."

She looks angry, Sonora thought. You didn't have to be a genius to see that.Belladonna continued. "You failed to invite me to the naming ceremony of your only child. I suppose you have a reason?"

"We didn't invite you because we thought you . . ." The king stopped. He had been about to say they thought she was dead, but he couldn't say that. "We . . . uh . . . thought you'd moved away. We're so glad you could come."

"Can I get you some refreshment?" the queen asked. "We have some deli-"

"I didn't move. Nobody thinks I moved." The fairy circled the cradle. "Some stupid people think I'm dead, but let me tell you, I'm very much alive."

"We have some delicious-"

"You can't buy me off with food. Maybe you figured the kid would get enough gifts from the seven of them." Belladonna waved her wand at the other fairies.They drew back.

Belladonna went on. "You thought you'd economize-only buy seven gold plates, seven gold forks, seven gold . . ."

It's true, King Humphrey II thought unhappily. We do only have seven gold place settings, but because we thought she was dead. Not because we're stingy.

Queen Hermione II tried again. "There's plenty-"

"Maybe you thought I couldn't come up with a good gift. You thought I would run out of ideas, like Aurora here."

But I did think of a good gift, Aurora thought. How many people are ten times as smart as everybody else?

Belladonna roared, "You think I'm stupid like her? Is that what you think? Hump? Herm? Hmm?"

"Of course we don't think you're stupid," King Humphrey II said.

"I'll show you I can think of a new and special gift." She leaned over the cradle. "Kitchy coo."

Oh no, Sonora thought, wincing at the furious face. Somebody stop her! Do something!

Everyone was silent, frozen.

I have to do it, Sonora thought. I have to talk her out of whatever she's going to do.

"Excuse . . ." Her voice was too low. She'd never said anything before. She swallowed and tried again. "Excuse-"

Belladonna didn't hear.

"Annadora gave the baby good health, which she will keep until my gift takes place. So my gift to the ootsy tootsy baby"-she waved her wand-"is that she will prick herself with a spindle and die!"

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Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 19 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I completely love this book! I read the first like 3 pages and i was like totally hooked!
CeridwynR on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Oh DEAR. I hated this with a passion. The plot was a perfectly good idea and I do like subverted fairytales. But if you are going to have a princess given the gift of superior intelligence it is a good idea to have that intelligence on show - not cod folk remedies and aphorisms that MAKE NO SENSE. It made Princess Sonora completely unlikeable, a terrible thing in a fairy-tale heroine and the Prince who rescued her an idiot.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
This book brings many laughs and just keeps you turning pages. And when you are finished, you just want to read it again. It is about a princess who is put under a spell in which she has to have her true love save her. But WHO is her true love? Read the book and find out!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
You should read the book 'Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep.¿ It is very exciting. The book is very exciting because of a curse, Sonora might pass away, but she could fall asleep for 100 years. The book was very funny. The book was funny because the baby reads while having her diaper changed. Instead of playing with her ducks in the bath, she reminds the maids to clean between her toes and behind her ears. The book was also mysterious. It's mysterious because she might poke herself with a spindle and die. So as I told you this is an exciting, funny, and mysterious book and you should read this book! Melissa Hatfield
Guest More than 1 year ago
i love this story. it's one of my favorite princess tales stories. the author, gail, is sooooo clever in getting the idea about sonora and her smartness. then of course, she gets pierced in the hand with the spinning needle, and so we all know it, she falls asleep for a hundred years until a prince kisses her on the lips. and forgive me but they were a great match!!!!!!!!!! :-)
Guest More than 1 year ago
This story is AWESOME it is so good you simply cant put it down! In this Tale a young princess goes to sleep for 100 years but, how will she find a way to keep her friends,family and true love alive for all that time? Well, read the book and you'll find out!!!!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was awesome the first few times I read it. But as I read it more I new what was going to happen so it was boring.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Her portrait of a breastfeeding mother is frightening at best. She said it was barbaric. I monitor all books my kids read and this is not something I would not let them read without guidence.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have all of Gail Carson Levine's books except Dave at Night, and have read them all five times. Out of the Princess Tales set, my favorite was Princess Sonora and the Long Sleep. It was very different, with dumb and curious princes to balding sheep to a bunch of snores. I recommend not only this book but all of Gail Carson Levine's outstanding works!
Guest More than 1 year ago
it is an amazingly great story! with awesome humor i would highly recomend it! !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! gail carson levine is an amazing author!!!!!!!#1
Guest More than 1 year ago
It is like Sleeping Beauty except Princess Sonora is ten times smarter than any man on earth and the Prince is always asking questions. I liked this book a lot especially how Princess Sonora can talk while people are still changing her diapers. It must be really annoying that a baby whose diaper you are changing is smarter than you.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The fairy Aurora gives Sonora the gift of being 10x as smart as anyone else because Antonetta stole her gift. Sonora cures the balding sheep and marries a curious prince instead of a really weird one who becomes a knight, it was cute.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Personally, I think Gail Carson Levine could have done better, though every other book in the Princess Series were super!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved the ending but I don't know, it could be better. Loved most of it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book for someone who likes boring tales about a smart person. This is defininetly not Gail Carson Levine's best.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book, but their was something missing. It wasn't a bad book, it just can't compare with Levine's other books. I thought that the happy ending, wasn't as happy as it could be. I thought that for a smaller book, it was good. But I enjoyed the others in the Princess Series a lot more.