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Beauty and the Beast by Jan Brett

Beauty and the Beast (edition 1989)

by Jan Brett

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Title:Beauty and the Beast
Authors:Jan Brett
Info:Clarion Books (1989), Paperback
Collections:Your library
Tags:classic, fairytale, romance, love, suspense, tragedy

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This book tells the classic story of Beauty and the Beast. This book is a little outdated with the illustrations so I don't find the pictures very captivating. In this story it's a little different than the Disney movie. The merchant has three daughters and he has promised one to the beast. Other than that it has everything that is known for the story. I would read this book to my students to help them understand more about folktales. ( )
  kdufrene | Apr 27, 2015 |
LOVED THIS BOOK! It tells the story of a rich merchant who spoils his daughters, two who are spoiled, and one who is kind and lovely. The merchant loses his fortune and Beauty is the only one who stays with him. While traveling the merchant gets lost and stumbles upon a castle where he meets the beast! The beast then insists that the merchant bring him one of his daughters. Beauty volunteers and lives with the beast, and while there she begins to admire and love him.

Teaching Ideas: loving people for who they are ( )
  aehunter | Mar 3, 2015 |
As always, Brett's illustrations are lush and incredibly rich in detail. In particular, I enjoyed this rendition of the folk tale of Beauty and the Beast.

A rich merchant spoils his three daughters, two of whom are selfish, the other daughter, different than the other two, is other directed and lovely. When the merchant looses his fortune, it is Beauty who stays with him. In search of finding a means of living, on a snowy night he is lost and stumbles upon an intricate, lovely castle. He is provided with a meal, a bed and clothing. When he picks a rose for his daughter, the beast in the castle demands that he return with one of his daughters.
He is given enough money to move forward in life, but must give up a daughter.

When, brokenhearted, he returns home, it is beauty who agrees to return with him to the castle. Choosing to stay there, she is entertained by the beast and soon grows to warm to his charming intelligence.

Asking to return home one more time, agreeing to return, soon she forgets her promise. In a vision she sees the beast dying. Returning to him, she finds him near death. Promising undying love and marriage, the beast becomes a prince

They live happily ever after. ( )
  Whisper1 | Dec 27, 2014 |
It actually took me a long time to open up this book and read it. As a child I never understood Beauty and the Beast and could not get hooked on the movie. Reading this book and seeing the moral of the story gave me a new interest in the fairy tale. This story includes the beginning, middle, and end of an old folklore. I would read this in my class and show the Disney movie and have my students compare and contrast the two. ( )
  marabie | Nov 10, 2014 |
“Beauty and the Beast” was interesting and very different from Disney's adaptation. However, I did not really enjoy reading this book. The font was very small and always below the pictures. Sometimes, I would be so caught up in reading that I forgot above the words were illustrations. With that said, the illustrations were beautifully done in a way that made them look almost real. The main idea in this book is that beauty is on the inside not the outside. ( )
  CatherineWillett | Apr 28, 2014 |
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This beloved old French fairy tale has enjoyed renewed popularity in recent years. Beauty, as you may recall, is the youngest daughter of a devoted father who has fallen on hard times. Returning from a journey, he picks a rose for his daughter, enraging the owner of the rosebush, the fearsome boarlike Beast who inhabits a nearby castle. As payment for the rose, Beauty must leave her family and reside in the Beast's castle as his companion. She gradually comes to appreciate the Beast's kind nature, and, after leaving him to visit her family, realizes that she has fallen in love! Beauty willingly returns to her Beast, in time to break the spell that has caused his current, beastly countenance and restore him (and the servants in the castle) to their human forms.

Jan Brett--well-known for her artistry in Goldilocks and the Three Bears and The Mitten--has worked her usual magic on this beautiful edition of Beauty and the Beast. In a unique visual spin on the story, the tapestries hung on the walls of the Beast's castle reveal the true identities of the animal servants who are under the same spell as the Beast--a subtle, fascinating feature that may not be noticed until the second or third reading. The story's old-fashioned and graceful language perfectly accompanies the French court setting. One of the finest takes on this classic tale, Brett's Beauty and the Beast is described by Kirkus Reviews as "a lovely, carefully made edition of an old favorite." (Ages 5 to 8)

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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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