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    Mom turns sleeping baby into fairy-tale star

    A creative mother in Finland captures photos of her sleeping daughter in fanciful fairy-tale scenes from "The Princess and the Pea," "Little Red Riding Hood," "The Frog Prince," "The Ugly Duckling" and more.

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    Goldilocks meets the three bears

    Adele Enersen, a wildly imaginative mom in Finland, has become quite adept at creating magical little scenes in her home and photographing her sleeping daughter within them. Enersen’s second picture book, “When My Baby Dreams of Fairy Tales,” goes on sale on Jan. 2, 2013 and features a new batch of photos of her daughter, Mila. It’s the companion book to Enersen’s “When My Baby Dreams,” released in January 2012.

    In keeping with the new book’s fairy tale theme, this image places Mila in a scene from “Goldilocks and the Three Bears.”

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    Bunny wabbit

    Enersen’s daughter Mila is now 2 1/2. Her creative mom captured the bulk of the fanciful photos for her book a little more than two years ago, before Mila turned 6 months old. Enersen featured the photos in her Mila’s Daydreams blog, which drew more than 4 million readers. The blog’s popularity led to Enersen’s two book deals.

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    Tinker Bell

    The book “When My Baby Dreams of Fairy Tales” is dedicated to “all the children, even the grown-up ones.” The dedication includes this quote from Albert Einstein: “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.”

    In this photo, Mila grows a pair of wings and sprinkles pixie dust just like Tinker Bell.

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    The frog prince

    Enersen, 34, uses blankets, pillows, clothing, stuffed animals and other props to create different scenes on a carpeted floor in her home. Here, Mila gives a kiss to the frog prince popularized by the Brothers Grimm. *Smack!*

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    Mary Poppins

    Mila carries off the role of the magical nanny Mary Poppins like no one else.

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    Little Red Riding Hood

    Here, Mila has a run-in with the big bad wolf from “Little Red Riding Hood.” Enersen told TODAY.com that she thinks modern-day parents should feel comfortable reading classic fairy tales to their children, even if the stories seem scary. “I don’t see why we should censor all the stories,” she said. “In fairy tales, it’s much easier to comprehend good and bad and deal with it.”

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    Magic carpet ride

    Mila flies above the seven seas on her magic carpet in this scene from “One Thousand and One Nights.”

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    Circus fun

    The caption for this photo in Enersen’s new book says, “When my baby dreams of her fairy-tale friends, she starts up a circus with her baby bear.”

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    A real beauty

    Here, Mila re-enacts a scene from “The Ugly Duckling,” a fairy tale by Danish author Hans Christian Andersen. (Spoiler alert: The baby duckling grows up to be a beautiful swan!)

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    Making music together

    In “When My Baby Dreams of Fairy Tales,” Mila’s adventures with the three bears culminate in a lovely concert.

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    Meet Vincent, Mila’s baby brother

    Six months ago, Enersen gave birth to her second child, a baby boy named Vincent. Unlike Mila, Vincent is not a sound sleeper. “Since he was born, I’ve been sleeping only 20 minutes in a row,” Enersen said. “I think that I deserve this after Mila.”

    Enersen has been trying out entirely new forms of creative expression with her adorable but fussy son. When he hangs out next to her on the couch, she’ll snap photos of him with her iPhone and then doodle on the photos she's captured. In this image, Vincent is Prince Charming.

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    Baby shower gift

    Adele Enersen’s “When My Baby Dreams of Fairy Tales” book – published by Balzer + Bray, a division of HarperCollins – goes on sale on Jan. 2, 2013. To order a copy, click here.

    In the image featured on the book’s cover, Mila is the princess from “The Princess and the Pea,” another classic by Hans Christian Andersen.

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    To marvel at more

    Adele Enersen features her photography, art work, blog posts and more on her website, AdeleEnersen.com.

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