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In exchange for her father's life, Beauty agrees to go live with a Beast in his castle far from her home. The Beast grows very fond of Beauty. She is kind, noble-hearted and smart. As she learns more about the Beast and his sad history, Beauty comes to respect and trust him. This retelling of the beloved fairy tale will capture your heart as you watch the Beast get transfo In exchange for her father's life, Beauty agrees to go live with a Beast in his castle far from her home. The Beast grows very fond of Beauty. She is kind, noble-hearted and smart. As she learns more about the Beast and his sad history, Beauty comes to respect and trust him. This retelling of the beloved fairy tale will capture your heart as you watch the Beast get transformed by Beauty's love.


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In exchange for her father's life, Beauty agrees to go live with a Beast in his castle far from her home. The Beast grows very fond of Beauty. She is kind, noble-hearted and smart. As she learns more about the Beast and his sad history, Beauty comes to respect and trust him. This retelling of the beloved fairy tale will capture your heart as you watch the Beast get transfo In exchange for her father's life, Beauty agrees to go live with a Beast in his castle far from her home. The Beast grows very fond of Beauty. She is kind, noble-hearted and smart. As she learns more about the Beast and his sad history, Beauty comes to respect and trust him. This retelling of the beloved fairy tale will capture your heart as you watch the Beast get transformed by Beauty's love.

30 review for Beauty And The Beast (Treasury of Illustrated Classics Storybook Collection)

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jonathan

    This is considered one of the 'original' Beauty and the Beast stories. Originally written in 1756, this version was written with children in mind and is considerable shorter and easier to read than the very first version (Villeneuve, 1740). This particular translation (the original is in French) was done in 1978. The illustrations are beautiful and feel very European. They alternate between black and white and color. This version definitely focuses on the virtue of the protagonist. Through her i This is considered one of the 'original' Beauty and the Beast stories. Originally written in 1756, this version was written with children in mind and is considerable shorter and easier to read than the very first version (Villeneuve, 1740). This particular translation (the original is in French) was done in 1978. The illustrations are beautiful and feel very European. They alternate between black and white and color. This version definitely focuses on the virtue of the protagonist. Through her industrious nature and devotion to her family, she is rewarded with a perfect life. According to surlalunefairytales.com, this version is less tangential and more focused than the Villeneuve. Compelling passages and illustrations: At the end when Beauty find beast in a heap with the castle in the background. The two page spread is beautiful. Some of the black and white pictures look like wood block cuts, they're so stark. One of the ways you can tell that this is an older version is that there is punishment for the 'bad' sisters The fairy who cast the spell appears at the end which is unusual and provides some backstory Perhaps because it is translated and because it was written so long ago, but the language is complicated and beautiful Questions for read alouds: What do you think of the sisters? Are these round characters or flat characters? What do you think Beauty's reaction to her father's problem (not crying)? How would you react? What does Beauty mean that Beast she prefers him to men who hide a corrupt heart? Why is Beauty so confused about what to do about returning to the Beast? The language in this version is probably too high for most younger children and would need a lot of scaffolding or within-reading defining. That said, the story is well laid out and the theme is definitely obvious and the dominant literary element. I would definitely use this in conjunction with other versions to pull out the different themes and compare which elements are brought to the fore and which remain secondary.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Molly

    I had never read this before, was barely familiar with the story. Although it is an adaptation for children, this has fast become a favorite. I loved it!!

  3. 5 out of 5

    Stacy Renee (LazyDayLit)

    I read this abridged children's version of Beauty and the Beast to my daughter at her behest because she loves Disney Princesses. I was surprised to find this version has fairies and a much more positive and meaningful ending than the 'just marry the Prince' message the Disney movies seem to convey.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Jim Ousley

    Great childrens chapter book

  5. 5 out of 5

    Caitlin

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This story is so famous because of the Disney movie, but it has a charm the movie does not. The story loses context by removing Beauty's siblings from the story, and the "sin" of her father by stealing the rose after the Beast was kind to him. I'm glad I reread it, it had been a long time. It's a fairy tale with a direct message about honor and friendship and the meaning of love. The only part I did not like about it is that the Beast says the fairy that enchanted him was evil, but then she come This story is so famous because of the Disney movie, but it has a charm the movie does not. The story loses context by removing Beauty's siblings from the story, and the "sin" of her father by stealing the rose after the Beast was kind to him. I'm glad I reread it, it had been a long time. It's a fairy tale with a direct message about honor and friendship and the meaning of love. The only part I did not like about it is that the Beast says the fairy that enchanted him was evil, but then she comes in at the end and is nice to everyone but the evil sisters. And I don't like that she says she'll turn them into statues and Beauty does not stick up for them. They are unhappy in their marriages and I feel it would have been more in line with Beauty's character to say, "Please send them home with their husbands, that will be punishment enough, especially as they will know I have found such happiness."

  6. 4 out of 5

    Vivian

    I had read Robin McKinley's version and found it underwhelming, and was curious about one of the 'original' versions of this story so picked up this one. It was a nice short fairy tale, and paired with watching the movie recently on the Disney Channel, I think I'm pretty much done with this story for a while.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Vets

    I read this to complete a reading challenge. Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite Disney movies, and I knew that this adaptation wouldn't be the same but it's not one of my favorites. I understand that the target is mostly for kids so the writing didn't really bother me.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jennifer (sullivan)

    Genre: Transitional Book/Fiction/Beast Tale This is a classic, but it still reminds me of the Mickey Mouse Monopoly where the kids are entranced by it and the results can be an abusive relationship

  9. 4 out of 5

    Iliana

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This book is about a girl named beauty so she found true love that all i gonig to say about this book.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Janine Scott

    Perfect for my 5 year old. We all loved it!

  11. 4 out of 5

    Marjorie Campbell

    A poor cousin to the Disney story line with thin characters, poor development and clumsy timing. Not recommended.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Rebekah M.

    D's pick for classic study. A great book to teach about judging outward appearances. My kids loved it.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Thea

    Last Read January 2014

  14. 4 out of 5

    Frank

  15. 4 out of 5

    Aqsam

  16. 4 out of 5

    Nina

  17. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

  18. 4 out of 5

    Angela Barclay

  19. 5 out of 5

    Meg

  20. 4 out of 5

    Maggie

  21. 4 out of 5

    Sara

  22. 5 out of 5

    xinnamonbuns

  23. 4 out of 5

    Justina

  24. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

  25. 5 out of 5

    Crissy

  26. 4 out of 5

    Karin

  27. 4 out of 5

    Emma

  28. 5 out of 5

    Hannah

  29. 4 out of 5

    Emily Grace

  30. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

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