Beauty and the Beast (Illustrated)

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Beauty and the Beast is a traditional fairy tale. Its first published version was written by French author Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve in the middle 18th century. It was a novel-length story intended for adult readers and addressing the issues of the marriage system of the day in which women had no right to choose their husband or to refuse to marry.

The best-known version of the tale appeared sixteen years later. Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont simplified and ...

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Overview

Beauty and the Beast is a traditional fairy tale. Its first published version was written by French author Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve in the middle 18th century. It was a novel-length story intended for adult readers and addressing the issues of the marriage system of the day in which women had no right to choose their husband or to refuse to marry.

The best-known version of the tale appeared sixteen years later. Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont simplified and shortened the Villeneuve's work and published it in a magazine for young ladies. The new abridged version became more successful, and Madame de Beaumont is regarded now as the author of the classic story.

This edition includes remarkable illustrations by Walter Crane. Crane's work in children's books in cooperation with the publisher Edmund Evans earned him worldwide fame in the late 19th century.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781909115620
  • Publisher: The Planet
  • Publication date: 6/15/2013
  • Pages: 28
  • Sales rank: 672,218
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 10.00 (h) x 0.07 (d)

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  • Posted August 9, 2010

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    So short!

    I had no idea this was just a 13 page book when I purchased it. I read the sample to my daughter and she loved it so I thought it would continue on to be a nice long story we could read together for a while. But then the "whole" book downloaded and it was only 13 pages!?! Wish there was some kind of warning. . .

    The story itself is nice for little kids and has a an interesting if. . . a little harsh ending. I supposed it is a classic but it wasn't exactly what I was after. :-/

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 3, 2011

    Nice fluff reading, nothing unexpected, but very nice!

    This book is a classic, I decided to read it because I could get it for free on my kindle. I have to say that it was defiantly worth my money, a great story to read for fluff nothing deep, but it has a nice message.
    The characters are very lovable, if somewhat too perfect in beauty's case, however their personality is described and it doesn't really grow except through examples of the aforementioned personalities. The characters are very classic for a children's story, the good ones are good and the bad ones are bad. Many of the less savory characters get what is coming to them and good prevails in the end.
    The story is also quite regular, but this is important for the story as it is a fairy tale and the point of this book is to be a fairy tale. The father is coming home from town when he is caught in a storm and chooses to go into a huge castle for refuge, nobody is there it seems, however he is well taken care of somehow. On his way out the next morning he meets the beast who says that he is going to kill him, unless he brings one of his daughters back in the next three months. He says he will, but he doesn't plan to keep the bargain. And that is where I will stop so that I don't spoil this for you. The story mostly deals with one of his daughters being able to love someone for who they are, not by their looks or by their smarts.
    I would recommend this wonderful and classic story to people of all ages. It was a very short read, but very clear and un-convoluted. I would read it again, and I probably will, even if it is just to my little sisters or, in the future, my children.

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  • Posted May 3, 2010

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    This is the perfect Tale for children. The illustrations in this book are magical.

    This is the perfect Tale for children. The illustrations in this book are magical. Connect with your child as a bedtime story. I find this book will last well into early teens, since the illustrations and story telling in this book are captivating at a young mature level, as well as, for children.

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