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Rooglewood Brainstorming

Okay, folks, I'm here to take a vote. Most of you know that Rooglewood is hosting their third annual fairy tale contest. And, if you don't, you can find out more information here.

Each fairy tale contest must be a creative retelling, but must also include elements from the original tale.

For Cinderella, there was a prince, a mistreated/hard-laboring girl, a stepmother, stepsisters, a godmother, a ball, a pretty dress and carriage, a midnight curfew, and, of course, glass slippers.

For Beauty and the Beast, there was a beast (who was really a prince), a girl, a ransom (giving of oneself in exchange for another), and roses.

So I want to hear what you think: What are the most important elements of Sleeping Beauty?


  1. I think the most important elements of Sleeping Beauty are the spindle, the curse, and a princess.

  2. Perfect! This is exactly what I want. You see, I didn't grow up hearing these stories. But parts of them will be special to you all. You'll be able to look at a story and say, "it's just not Sleeping Beauty without ________." Thanks, Skye!

    Who else wants to chime in with a vote?

  3. Some of the most important elements I'd say were the spindle and the sleep. Usually that's what I think of first when I think of Sleeping Beauty.

  4. I'm not sure what the name of the version is that I know, but what sticks out in my mind about Sleeping Beauty are the little fairies, the long sleep, and the kiss.

  5. Hmmm...I'd say the most important elements of Sleeping Beauty are the princess, the curse, the gift (what the good fairy does to counteract the curse), the spindle, the prince, the sleep and the two fairies (of course they don't have to be fairies).

  6. Squeal!!! Awesome brainstorming, guys!!!!
    :D :D :D


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