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Product Details

  • Paperback: 28 pages
  • Publisher: Forgotten Books (June 3, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1606208780
  • ISBN-13: 978-1606208786
  • Product Dimensions: 7.7 x 5.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (98 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #153,772 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Jeanne-Marie Le Prince de Beaumont was born in Rouen and died in 1780. Her first marriage, in 1743, was annulled after two years. In 1746 she left France to become a governess in London. She was the author of Beauty and the Beast and Other Classic French Fairy Tales. After a successful publishing career in England, she remarried, bore many children, and left England to live the rest of her life in Savoy. --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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Great classic read.
Whitney
While it was very simple compared to the things I usually read, I enjoyed being able to read the entire story in a short time and ponder over it for hours in my head.
Tifani Barthel
I bought this book to see the differences between it and the Disney movie.
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100 of 106 people found the following review helpful By T. S. VINE VOICE on December 18, 2009
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This is the classic version of _Beauty and the Beast_, the one that Disney based the film on. The movie was a surprisingly close adaptation, and fans of the movie will recognize many elements here (such as Beauty's love of reading), though other elements are markedly different (here, Beauty's father is a merchant, not an inventor, though still unusually middle-class for a classic fairy tale; Gaston is nonexistent here, a Disney invention).

It is very short, at only 196 kindle locations, and the text is fairly clear of typos.

If you're a fan of this story, there are a host of other classic fairy tales that follow the same basic model, all of which should be available for free online. Beaumont's version was an adaptation of a longer original version by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve. If you're interested in reading other fairy tales with similar if slightly extended plotlines, try looking for "East of the Sun and West of the Moon" or "The Black Bull of Norroway." If you want to get really classical, look up the story of Cupid and Psyche in Apuleius' "The Golden Ass."
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Sparkle on January 23, 2010
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This book brought a smile to my face. It is such a good, sweet story. I discovered how well the screenwrtiers followed the original story, yet along with the imagineers at Disne, introduced new characters that fit right in It made me want see the animated film again. It is short and would make a great bedtime story for your kids or for yourself. Definitely worth the read.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Israel Drazin TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 13, 2010
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This is an eighteenth century morality tale that is still relevant today. It teaches children to strive to be kind and not judge people because they are clever or beautiful.

A rich man has three daughters and three sons. The youngest daughter is so beautiful that people call her Beauty. She also has beautiful character, which her sisters lack. When their father looses all his money, Beauty works hard to help her father, but her sisters, accustomed to luxury, do not work; they prefer to sleep late.

One day their father is lost in the woods and discovers a palace. When he picks a rose from the garden, an ugly beast appears and tells him that he must die because he ruined his garden, unless he brings his child to take his place. When Beauty hears what happened she insists on being his substitute.

The beast treats Beauty very well and offers to marry her. She refuses at first, but then overcome by his kindness, she consents. The beast then becomes a handsome prince. He explains that he was turned into a beast and had to remain so until a beautiful virgin agrees to marry him. The couple returns to the prince's kingdom and live happily ever after. The sisters also married, one to a witty man who constantly belittled her with his wit, and the other to a very handsome man who spend all of his time admiring himself.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By T. Persinger on January 27, 2010
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I didn't realize this was a short story when I got it but what a great one it is. Not like the Disney movie, no action, but the story is wonderful. Free certainly doesn't hurt either!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By K. Eckert on August 4, 2010
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I love the fairy tale of Beauty of the Beast and I have read a number of variations on it, but I have never read the original story. So, I was eager to do so and since it was available for free on my Kindle I thought, why not? It is a good story, although pretty bare bones compared to some of the modern retellings I have read.

Everyone should know the basic story so I am not going to provide a synopsis. Many parts of this story are represented in Disney's Beauty and the Beast; although Disney did change some of the things and add some additional characters. For example Belle's father is a merchant and Gaston is a figment of Disney's imagination.

The basic parts of the fairy tale that I know and love were present though. Belle is kind hearted and loves books. The Beast is kind but volatile. They both fall in love with each other for who they are and not what they look like. All in all it is a very romantic fairy tale and I enjoyed finally being able to read the original.

I recommend reading this if you are a fairy tale fan or a fan of Beauty and the Beast; it is always wonderful to see where these stories came from. The free Kindle version is formatted decently but lacking in the original illustrations. If you are a big Beauty and the Beast fan I also recommend Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin McKinley and Beastly by Alex Finn, both are excellent retellings of this wonderful fairy tale.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Rosie on August 4, 2010
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I got this for my 15 year old sister that loves Beauty and the Beast. I also got her the book "Beauty" which comes highly recommended. This one is a thin, quick read whereas the other Beauty and the Beast books are novel-size. This would be great for new readers, for sure. She flew through it, though.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Silverfingers on July 13, 2011
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This book is not exactly what I was wanting. The cover is pretty, but the story is a bit of an odd edition. If you've read the original story by Beaumont, you'll recognize the basic outline, but some of the details are very altered, making the tale a little strange. I was disappointed, especially about the price, since it's only 28 pages. If you're a Beauty and the Beast fan, like we are, you probably won't be crazy about this book, but it looks nice to have in your collection, even if you only read it once.
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