Beauty And The Beast

Beauty And The Beast

by Marie Le Prince De Beaumont

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Jeanne Marie Le Prince de Beaumont was a French novelist born in 1711. After her first marriage was annulled she moved to London, becoming a governess. After a successful writing career she remarried had many children and lived in Savoy. Beaumont wrote several books on education. She was one of the first to write fairy tales for children. Mme Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve wrote a story titled Beauty and the Beast. Le Prince de Beaumont revised and abridged this story producing the story that has become one of the most famous children's tales in history. The tale tells the story of Beauty who meets a terrible looking beast. She learns to love the beast. The moral is that inner beauty is the true and most precious form of beauty.

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ISBN-13: 9781438506593
Publisher: Standard Publications, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/15/2008
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 48
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.10(d)
Age Range: 8 - 12 Years

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Beauty and the Beast 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 12 reviews.
bamauthor More than 1 year ago
This rendition of the classic fairy tale is based on the original eighteenth century version. No Disney elements are found here. This original version was written and distributed widely in France to protest the marriage system of the day in which women had no right to choose or refuse a mate. The original version was a full length novel written for adults, which was later shortened. At the beginning of the tale, the reader meets a wealthy merchant who has six sons and six daughters. They live sumptuously and prosperously. Suddenly, disaster strikes. The merchant loses his home and possessions in a fire, and pirates sack his shipping business. The distraught family retreats to a poor life in a forest cottage, which is their only remaining possession. All his daughters complain with the exception of the youngest named Beauty who is determined to make their meager life a happy one. Then one day she asks her father for a favor. She longs to see one beautiful rose. The merchant sets off to find one and his journey takes him to a mysterious castle. He is left alone but treated lavishly. Suddenly an ugly beast appears. He promises to let the traveler return home if he will return with one of his daughters to live with him in the castle. The merchant reluctantly agrees. Beauty feels responsible for her father’s plight and volunteers to return with him to the castle of the Beast where they find unexpected surprises and treasures. When it comes time for the merchant to return home, both he and his daughter are distraught. Strange dreams bring about strange occurrences. What will happen to Beauty and the Beast? Remember, I told you that this is not a classic Disney fairytale. The illustrations are the original nineteenth century drawings by Walter Crane. They are extraordinarily detailed and magnificently colored. The reader will think herself transported to a museum. They add to the flavor of an authentic French period piece. As an adult, I enjoyed this rendition of the classic tale. I believe that tweens and teens will find this “grown-up” rendition of Beauty and the Beast a most appealing one. Available in nook and paperback versions.
ToxicMasquerade on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
'Beauty and the Beast' is a short and fun story to read, at least I think so. I enjoyed it very much. I love the characters, other than Belle's sisters. As someone has stated before me, it teaches you to not judge someone on the outside, but to judge them by what's on the inside. Overall, a great, short story.
18876111 More than 1 year ago
This version of Beauty and the Beast was supposedly the inspiration for the movie. This version is also different than the original as the merchant had three sons along with daughters. Another difference is that there was a lot of jealousy in this book between the sisters. The sisters are not likable at all and have these "I'm too good for common people" attitude. After the merchant loses all of his fortunes, Beauty voluntarily takes on a Cinderella type role. I did not like how Beauty's sisters acted, they just insulted her for every little thing that she did, when other than her brothers and father, she was the only one who did anything around the house. I would not recommend this version of Beauty and the Beast to young girls, although there are lessons that can be learned.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I like the disney movie better than the book. I must addmit.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Let me begin with i thought that beauty and the beast was supposed to be about an enchanted rose and belle and the beast, but i purchased some weird version of beauty and the beast that i did not enjoy. I would definetly only give this book 1 star at most. I would NOT recommend this book ever.......
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The story was really nice and interesting, I loved it but it was very short
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This is for review number 2 Who is your bae? And no i do not want to date. This has nothing to do with the book but im still going to rate this book. Who want to talk to me or be a friend on my nook . Im nice. And i have not read this book.