Beauty

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An entrancing version of the classic "Beauty and the Beast" tale.

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Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast

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An entrancing version of the classic "Beauty and the Beast" tale.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780812442809
  • Publisher: Harpercollins Childrens Books
  • Publication date: 5/28/1993
  • Pages: 247
  • Sales rank: 979,361
  • Age range: 10 - 13 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.00 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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  • Posted January 12, 2010

    Beauty, is in the eye of the beholder.

    My mother actually recommended this book to me when I was sixteen years old and I loved then and love it now. This is not your typical meet the beautiful protagnist and then she meets ugly beast and in time she learns to love him. This has a different twist to it! Beauty is not at all physically beautiful, her two sisters in which shocking are kind, and loving sisters. Beauty is just "plain jane" and throughout the book she discovers her talents, wit, sense of humor, her own beauty and the love of her life.
    Great book, for young women who are looking on the inside for something. Wonderful introduction of how to help others as well as discovering yourself!

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 14, 2006

    Fall in love again

    I've read this book every year since I was 13. The retelling is beautiful. Everytime I read it, I fall in love again. Its a sweet, sincere look at finding love based on the heart rather than looks. Wonderful book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2010

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    Thicker bliss !

    This book is simply what the title states : Beauty ! I mean this is Beauty and the Beast no changes made just simply and beautifully retold! If you love Disney's Beauty in the Beast you will love this book. This is a great book for girls of any age who are just looking for a classic fairytale that is longer than 20 pages!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 1, 2010

    A Classic Re-imagined WELL

    I have never been a big fan of Disney's interpretation of things, and I found this book very refreshing in that Beauty and the Beast actually have a relationship and a reason to love one another. Beauty is very easily respected because she has reasons for all that she does. She loves to read, and she loves her horse Greatheart. This book is very well-written and enjoyable. It's a love story, but instead of "oh, they fell in love and lived happily ever after," we as readers watch their love develop and grow. Beauty must learn about herself and the Beast's history as she gets used to living in an overly large castle infused with magic who wait at her beck and call (sometimes before) and some who help without Beauty wanting it. At the end, you are convinced that they are truly and perfectly in love.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 9, 2009

    Good Retelling

    The story developed well and had great visual elements and strong characters. However, the ending seemed cut short and rushed after so much building and story-telling it just suddenly came to an end. It felt as if Mckinley wasn't quite sure how to wrap up all the loose ends and so took the shortcut way and everything just magically happened.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 16, 2009

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    Nice Enough

    This was such a lovely book until the ending. I felt that it left a lot to be desired. It wrapped up in about five pages, without much detail. Up until then the characters all showed depth and intrigue. I adored the enchanted castle. It was very magical and I couldn¿t help wishing I were Beauty, for I too was falling in love the Beast. When things finished however, there was not enough detail. It didn¿t make much sense, and I was frustrated with the lack of explanation. There is supposedly a sequel or another part at least, to this story, so perhaps I will read that to have my admiration of McKinley restored. I¿d still recommend the book to anyone who either likes McKinley¿s stories or people who enjoy this sort of genre period. Perhaps you¿ll have better luck with its ending then I did.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted October 25, 2008

    Lovely

    This is a book that I think any girl who watched Disney as a child should read. It brings a different spin to the classic tale but one that makes it more real. I bought it on a whim at college and have had to tape up the spin from frequent use.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 26, 2008

    A wonderful retelling!

    I think every one should read this book, especially if you like fantasy. I loved it I found it to be a captivating story. It is like, yet unlike the Disney version of the fairy tale. I found it enough different that it wasn't repeating it. A good book!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 3, 2005

    Breathtaking

    'Beauty' is an astounding descriptive literary work. Robin Mckinely has found a way to make the traditional fable of 'Beauty and the Beast' into something so tangable you can smell her roses, feel the fresh air, and empathise with the characters. This book is one in a million!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 2, 2002

    An Amazing Story

    Robin McKinley has weaved a story as beautiful and descriptive as they come. I have read this book three times and recommend it to anyone who liked the Disney version of the story. After reading this, you will fall in love with it. Her adventure scenes are thrilling, and her romance ones moving. You won't be able to but the book down!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 26, 2015

    Beauty

    This was a really wonderfull retelling. Part 1 was not so great, but the rest of the book was totally worth it. My advice is to go ahead and read part 1, but dont get discouraged!

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  • Posted March 13, 2015

    What a Wonderful Rewrite

    This was just a lovely rewrite of the classic tale Beauty and the Beast. The compassion and kindness that Robin brought to the young woman, Beauty, was timeless. Superb.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2015

    Love this book!

    The best part of this book is how much it's not like Disney. Beauty is just like a normal girl under estimates herself and I felt like I could totally relate. The boom sucked me in the first time I read it and it still does.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2015

    Meh

    Uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuummmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.No one will like this book& i dont know quite what to say or think.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 5, 2015

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    I realy like this book it was great. Its a must have!!

    I realy like this book it was great. Its a must have!!

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  • Posted December 24, 2014

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    We've heard this story many times. But when I read this in junio

    We've heard this story many times. But when I read this in junior high, I still haven't forgotten it. I love how the Beauty was the awkward one of the family, trying to find herself.  It's sincere with a message that beauty doesn't matter when it comes to love. This is for anyone who loves the story itself and a good story of finding love. Great books like this will always stay with us

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  • Posted April 30, 2014

    This is my favorite version of Beauty and the Beast. One of the

    This is my favorite version of Beauty and the Beast. One of the things is that there's a different tale about how beast was enchanted and there's poignant moments where he describes what 100 years of re-learning to be civilized has been like. For those who mention Disney...the only thing really in common is Beauty's love of books and the library, and McKinley invented it 1st. As for those who criticize the swiftness of the ending. After the enchantment is broken...what else really is there to tell?

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  • Posted March 3, 2014

    This book was truly the best retelling of Beauty and the Beast t

    This book was truly the best retelling of Beauty and the Beast that I have 
    read so far. Exceptional!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 27, 2014

    This story is about a girl named Honour, but everyone calls her

    This story is about a girl named Honour, but everyone calls her Beauty. She doesn't like her nickname though, because she is thin and awkward. She believes her older sisters, Hope and Grace, are much more beautiful than she is. Their father, Mr.Huston, is one of the wealthiest merchants in the city. When some of Mr.Huston's ships get lost or crashed, he lost all of his money. The family would have to auction off their house and some of their furniture. Gervain, a man that Hope has fallen in love with, offers for the family to come live with him out of the city. When they get to the new house, it's right in front of the woods that is said to be enchanted. When's Beauty's father gets lost in the woods on his way home from visiting the city, he finds a castle. When he takes a rose from the castle's garden, a huge beast come out and threatens him. The beast says that either Mr.Huston comes back with one of his daughters, or he comes back and dies. When The family here's this story, Beauty know that she must go live with the beat to save her fathers life. My favorite parts of the book are when beauty finally starts to realize that she is in love with the beast. I recommend this book to anyone that likes romance and mystery. Overall, it was a very good book and I intend in reading it again soon.

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  • Posted February 5, 2014

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    One of my all time favorites. Beautifully written and engaging r

    One of my all time favorites. Beautifully written and engaging retelling of the classic. Robin McKinley does a superior job of weaving breath taking descriptions, lovable characters and humor into this superb book. I highly recommend this book to everyone. 
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