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Beauty and the Beast

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This retelling of the classic fairy tale will appeal to children because of its mystery, suspense, and romance, and to adults because of its exploration of the duality in human nature. "An excellent choice to share with elementary-grade children who can appreciate the sophistication of the art and will enjoy comparing with other versions." -- Booklist, starred review

Through her great capacity to love, a kind and beautiful maid releases a handsome prince from the ...

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Overview

This retelling of the classic fairy tale will appeal to children because of its mystery, suspense, and romance, and to adults because of its exploration of the duality in human nature. "An excellent choice to share with elementary-grade children who can appreciate the sophistication of the art and will enjoy comparing with other versions." -- Booklist, starred review

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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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A single peacock feather, its delicate beauty rendered in meticulous detail, sets the tone for this sumptuous retelling of a classic fairy tale. The story is a familiar one, with true love triumphing over a wicked enchantment in the end (the moral, of course, is ``never judge a book by its cover''). But the central attraction is the illustrations. Brett's images glide by in a kaleidoscope of luminous color: iridescent blues and greens flow from page to page, entwined with the radiant shades of Beauty's own symbol, the rose. Brett, whose trademark is her careful detail, leaves hidden clues for sharp-eyed readers that hint at the Beast's secret--such as mottoed tapestries and glimpses of the meddlesome fairy herself, decked out naturally enough as a peacock butterfly. But it's the recurring motif of the peacock, itself a symbol of vanity and surface appearances, that ties the threads of the story together. It's a brilliant marriage of artwork and text; once again Brett proves herself a contemporary illustrator of consummate skill. Ages 6-12. (Sept.)
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"An excellent choice to share with elementary-grade children who can appreciate the sophistication of the art and will enjoy comparing with other versions." Booklist, ALA, Starred Review
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780399257315
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 12/8/2011
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 146,521
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 9.14 (w) x 11.52 (h) x 0.32 (d)

Meet the Author

Jan Brett

With more than thirty million books in print, Jan Brett is one of the nation's foremost author/illustrators of children's books. Jan lives in a seacoast town in Massachusetts, close to where she grew up. During the summer her family moves to a home in the Berkshire Hills of Massachusetts.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2004

    truly beautiful

    my mother bought this book for me when i was only five or six. this was one of the books that set the tone for my life. to this day i collect fairy tale picture books, modern retellings, and art work. i have been looking for this perticular book for years and happened to stumble upon a reference to it online resently, i just about cried. i remember spending hours as a child reading and re-reading this book. its one of the reason's i still can go to bed without a book in reach. i would recomend this book to anyone, and though i haven't been able to get another copy for myself yet, i already plan to buy at least four copies. i know plenty of other people i want to share it with.

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