La Belle au bois dormant

Editions Milan

Il était une fois un roi et une reine qui rêvaient d'avoir un enfant. Lorsque la reine mit au monde une fille, une grande fête fut organisée en son honneur. Mais une méchante fée lui jeta un mauvais sort et lui prédit qu'elle mourrait en se piquant le doigt sur un rouet. Heureusement, une bonne fée changea le sortilège : "La jeune princesse ne mourra pas mais s'endormira pour cent ans."

Bien des années plus tard, la prophétie se réalisa, et la princesse plongea dans un profond sommeil. Mais quand, au bout de cent ans, un prince se présenta au château, il découvrit la jeune princesse aux yeux clos. Il la trouva si belle qu'il lui donna un baiser. La belle se réveilla, le prince l'épousa, et ils vécurent heureux...
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Mélanie Combes vit à Décines (69). Elle a travaillé pour les éditions Tourbillon, Fleurus, Nathan. Elle est aussi graphiste.ENVOI LIVRET OK

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Oct 19, 2016
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Here are the original eight stories from the 1697 volume Contes de temps passé by the great Charles Perrault (1628–1703) in a translation that retains the charming and unsentimental simplicity that has won Perrault a permanent position in French literature. These were among the earliest versions of some of our most familiar fairy tales ("Cinderella," "Sleeping Beauty," "Little Red Riding Hood," "Puss in Boots," and "Tom Thumb") and are still among the few classic re-tellings of these perennial stories.
In addition to the five well-known tales listed above, Perrault tells three others that are sure to delight any child or adult: "The Fairies," a short and very simple tale of two sisters, one sweet and one spiteful; "Ricky of the Tuft," a very unusual story of a brilliant but ugly prince and a beautiful but stupid princess; and "Blue Beard," a suspense story perhaps more famous as a classic thriller than as a fairy tale. The witty verse morals that Perrault included in the original edition (often omitted in later reprintings) are retained here in verse translations.
This edition also includes 34 extraordinary full-page engravings by Gustave Doré that show clearly why this artist became the foremost illustrator of his time. These illustrations have long been considered the ideal accompaniment to Perrault's fairy tales. In many cases they created the pictorial image that we associate with the stories.
Along with the collections of Andersen, Lang, and the Brothers Grimm, this volume is among the great books of European fairy tales. These stories have been enjoyed by generation after generation of children in many countries, and are here, with magnificent Doré illustrations, waiting to be enjoyed again.
‘Perrault’s Fairy Tales’ is a wonderful collection of some true classics of children’s literature. Perrault (1628 – 1703) was among the first writers to bring magical children’s stories into the literary mainstream, proving to his original seventeenth century readers that such works were important, enjoyable, as well as thought-provoking. They remain as popular today, as they were then. He is responsible for such famous works as ‘Cinderella’, ‘Little Red Riding Hood’, ‘Sleeping Beauty’, and ‘Puss in Boots’. ‘Perrault’s Fairy Tales’ are accompanied by the dazzling illustrations of a master of the trade; Honor C. Appleton (1879 – 1951). Appleton illustrated over one-hundred-and-fifty books during the course of her career, with her most famous works including Our Nursery Rhyme Book (1912), Charles Perrault’s Fairy Tales (1919), and the collected stories of Hans Christian Andersen (1922). As her career progressed, she began producing bolder images for literary classics – but her best-loved drawings remain those for the children’s market. Presented alongside the text, Appleton’s enchanting creations serve to further refine and enhance Perrault’s magical storytelling Pook Press celebrates the great ‘Golden Age of Illustration‘ in children’s classics and fairy tales – a period of unparalleled excellence in book illustration. We publish rare and vintage Golden Age illustrated books, in high-quality colour editions, so that the masterful artwork and story-telling can continue to delight both young and old.
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