Sleeping Boy by Sonia Craddock

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Laugh and smile. Smile and laugh. That's Herr and Frau Rosen -- so happy to have a new baby boy! But when they invite all their friends in Berlin to celebrate the birth of little Knabe Rosen, they leave out one person -- the dreaded Major Krieg. When he comes anyway, he snatches the sleeping boy from the nurse's arms and predicts: "On your sixteenth birthday you will hear the drums drumming as the army marches by. Off to war you'll go -- and you will not come home."

However, Tante Taube, the sleeping boy's aunt, hasn't given her blessing yet. "Instead of going off to war," she says, "Knabe Rosen will only sleep...sleep through poverty and war, bad times and sadness, until PEACE comes to Berlin."

In this remarkable modern allegory, Sonia Craddock weaves a story of the twentieth century into the familiar framework of the Sleeping Beauty tale. Leonid Gore's resplendent illustrations delicately capture the ethereal, timeless quality of the story while firmly placing it against the backdrop of Berlin.


About Sonia Craddock

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Sonia Craddock (1941-1997) was born in England and later emigrated to Canada, where she and her husband raised three children and where she studied for her doctorate in education. Of Sleeping Boy, Dr. Craddock wrote that it is "...a picture book for the millennium. It is set in the beginning of the twentieth century, in Berlin, where all is a whirl of gaiety and prosperity, and finishes in the hopeful spirit of the present -- embracing the Depression, two world wars, and the Cold War. It's a retelling that has different levels of understanding for different ages...Young children will hear and see the surface level of the story, while older children will also see the story of the twentieth century -- and the 'sleeping' of peace.
Published October 1, 1999 by Atheneum. 40 pages
Genres: Travel, Children's Books.

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When Cherokees kill Biggs for horse theft, Jamesina is taken to the Cherokee village of Itsanti, until the British army headed by Scottish Highlanders arrives to claim Cherokee land, and Jamesina is happily reunited with members of her own family.

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The late Craddock's sophisticated reworking of the Sleeping Beauty story is nothing short of astonishing, both in the vitality of its prose and its haunting imagery. The story begins in turn-of-the-ce

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Fortunately, Tante Taube (the German word for dove) mitigates this dire prediction with her blessing: instead of marching off to war, when Knabe hears the drums he will fall asleep ""until PEACE comes to Berlin."" As the household slumbers, swept up in the spell, Gore's moody, ethereal acrylics a...

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