Beauty and the Beast

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Generations of children have been fascinated by the story of the girl named Beauty who grows to love a fearsome beast. This acclaimed best-seller, first published in 1978, transports readers into a world of pure magic and mystery.

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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Overview

Generations of children have been fascinated by the story of the girl named Beauty who grows to love a fearsome beast. This acclaimed best-seller, first published in 1978, transports readers into a world of pure magic and mystery.

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
Lovely paintingsfull of life and glowing colorsmake this a superb version of the classic story. All ages. September
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Also celebrating an anniversary--its 30th--is Whose Mouse Are You? by Robert Kraus, illus. by Jose Aruego. Minimalist art and memorable text are more than the sum of its parts: "Whose mouse are you?/ Nobody's mouse./ Where is your mother?/ Inside a cat," it begins forlornly, but reverses into a joyful ending, with the mouse reuniting his far-flung family and gaining a new brother. (S&S, $17 40p ages 3-7 ISBN 0-689-84052-7; Sept.) Copyright 2000 Cahners Business Information.|
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Lush illustrations, unlike anything in Mayer's Little Critter books, make this faithful re-telling a decided treat. Here, once again, is the beloved fairy tale that originated in Italy in the mid-1500s and was popularized in France by Perrault near the end of the 1600s. This tale became an opera in the 1700s and a film by Jean Cocteau in the 1940s, followed by Disney's film and stage versions in the last decade. Because Mayer's beast is quite beastly, I prefer this art to others that have striven to make the beast less frightening. After all, Perrault's fairy tales were amusements for adults, never intended for children, per se. (In those days, however, kids heard and saw everything that went on, as their delicate sensibilities had not yet been invented by well-meaning psychologists.) The text here seems a bit unpolished in spots and somewhat wordy, but the story compels attention, as always, even though Beauty is often so saintly that you want to smack her a good one upside the head. 2000 (orig. 1978), Sea Star Books/Four Winds, $15.95 and $15.88. Ages 5 to 10. Reviewer: Joan Carris
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587171482
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books LLC
  • Publication date: 2/28/2002
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 48
  • Age range: 4 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 1.00 (w) x 1.00 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Marianna Mayer has written many distinguished books for children, including The Twelve Dancing Princesses, The Unicorn and the Lake, and Young Jesus of Nazareth. She lives in Roxbury, Connecticut.

Mercer Mayer is the author and illustrator of more than 100 children's books, including There's a Nightmare in My Closet. He lives in North Carolina.

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