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Through her great capacity to love, a kind and beautiful maid releases a handsome prince from the spell which has made him an ugly beast.


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Through her great capacity to love, a kind and beautiful maid releases a handsome prince from the spell which has made him an ugly beast.

36 review for Beauty & the Beast

  1. 5 out of 5

    Abigail

    Caldecott Medal-winner Mordicai Gerstein - whose The Man Who Walked Between the Towers was awarded this important American illustrator's award in 2004 - turns his attention to the classic French fairy-tale of Beauty and the Beast in this picture-book, apparently also available in an animated version narrated by Mia Farrow. The story here includes all the major elements that fans of the tale would expect - the merchant and his three daughters (Beauty's two sisters are here named Edwina and Sy Caldecott Medal-winner Mordicai Gerstein - whose The Man Who Walked Between the Towers was awarded this important American illustrator's award in 2004 - turns his attention to the classic French fairy-tale of Beauty and the Beast in this picture-book, apparently also available in an animated version narrated by Mia Farrow. The story here includes all the major elements that fans of the tale would expect - the merchant and his three daughters (Beauty's two sisters are here named Edwina and Sybill), the night-time journey that ends with a stay at the Beast's palace and the picking of the rose, Beauty's sacrifice of herself, in order to save her father, and her life with the Beast - although some episodes, such as the one in which Beauty dreams she is riding on the back of a wolf, have been embroidered. The result is an engaging picture-book that, for all its minor variations, is fairly faithful to the original. The artwork is expressively idiosyncratic, with the Beast depicted as a kind of tusked boar. Although I wouldn't say that the aesthetic style is a personal favorite, I did really appreciate the fact that the pages are multi-colored - that is to say, each page is a different color: blue, orange, green, purplish - as the overall effect reminded me of Baum's The Road to Oz , the original 1909 edition of which had a similar design. All in all, an interesting version of a favorite story, one that fairy-tale lovers, and fans of the artist, will enjoy perusing.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Laura K

    I love this version of the story. It seems a bit gentler, and the illustrations are gorgeous and rich.

  3. 4 out of 5

    Phair

    OK version which follows pretty close to the classic story. I do like that the 'happily ever after' page gives a little more detail of what happened during the ever after. The illustrations are pen drawings with color wash. The dress looks kind of Renaissance-ish. Beast has the legs & feet of a giant bird, long monkey-like tail, face and tusks of a wild boar or warthog and the curling horns of a ram. I also own the video version of this, narrated by Mia Farrow. purchased in 1989 OK version which follows pretty close to the classic story. I do like that the 'happily ever after' page gives a little more detail of what happened during the ever after. The illustrations are pen drawings with color wash. The dress looks kind of Renaissance-ish. Beast has the legs & feet of a giant bird, long monkey-like tail, face and tusks of a wild boar or warthog and the curling horns of a ram. I also own the video version of this, narrated by Mia Farrow. purchased in 1989

  4. 5 out of 5

    Alyssa Garrison

    Fairytale: I'm not sure if this is THE original tale of Beauty and the Beast but it has some differences than the Disney tale we are all familiar with. Beauty and the Beast like many other fairytales also has the message that its whats inside that counts, not outward appearance. The beast may have been hideous but he learned to have a good heart which in the end was all that mattered and then after love in spite of ugliness, the beast became a handsome prince. This story is fun for all ages; howe Fairytale: I'm not sure if this is THE original tale of Beauty and the Beast but it has some differences than the Disney tale we are all familiar with. Beauty and the Beast like many other fairytales also has the message that its whats inside that counts, not outward appearance. The beast may have been hideous but he learned to have a good heart which in the end was all that mattered and then after love in spite of ugliness, the beast became a handsome prince. This story is fun for all ages; however, I'm not sure this very old version is the best one for young kids.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Brad (AudioShelf)

  6. 4 out of 5

    Nicole

  7. 4 out of 5

    Amanda Butler

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lauren

  9. 4 out of 5

    Rebecca Yager

  10. 4 out of 5

    Carol Abedon

  11. 4 out of 5

    Chelsea

  12. 4 out of 5

    Tessa

  13. 4 out of 5

    Q.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Cilla Savary

  15. 4 out of 5

    Sonnet O'Dell

  16. 5 out of 5

    Britney (AudioShelf)

  17. 5 out of 5

    Koki de la Vega (Author-to-be)

  18. 4 out of 5

    Ruby Jo

  19. 4 out of 5

    Klaudio

  20. 5 out of 5

    Marquise

  21. 4 out of 5

    Emily

  22. 5 out of 5

    Katie

  23. 5 out of 5

    Katie

  24. 5 out of 5

    Rachelle

  25. 5 out of 5

    Igraine

  26. 5 out of 5

    Daniela

  27. 5 out of 5

    Coachgee

  28. 4 out of 5

    Gharik Brown

  29. 5 out of 5

    Guen

  30. 5 out of 5

    Kara

  31. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Varnadore

  32. 5 out of 5

    Christina Browne

  33. 5 out of 5

    Huyliem

  34. 5 out of 5

    The Book Wars

  35. 4 out of 5

    Liz

  36. 4 out of 5

    Kirstin

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