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This much-loved retelling of the classic French tale Beauty and the Beast elicits the familiar magical charm, but is more believable and complex than the traditional story. In this version, Beauty is not as beautiful as her older sisters, who are both lovely and kind. Here, in fact, Beauty has no confidence in her appearance but takes pride in her own intelligence, her love of learning and books, and her talent in riding. She is the most competent of the three sisters, which proves essential when they are forced to retire to the country because of their father's financial ruin.
The plot follows that of the renowned legend: Beauty selflessly agrees to inhabit the Beast's castle to spare her father's life. Beauty's gradual acceptance of the Beast and the couple's deepening trust and affection are amplified in novel form. Robin McKinley's writing has the flavor of another century, and Beauty heightens the authenticity as a reliable and competent narrator.
This was McKinley's first book, written almost 20 years ago. Since that time she has been awarded the Newbery Medal for The Hero and the Crown and has delighted her fans with another retelling of the Beauty and the Beast fable, Rose Daughter. Still, McKinley's first novel has a special place in the hearts of her devoted readers, many of whom attest to relishing Beauty time and again. (Ages 11 to Adult) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"A captivating novel." -- -- ALA Booklist --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
One of my very favorite re-tellings of B&B. It's realistic and magical at the same time. So well written.Published 5 hours ago by Azarina
This book offers a fresh, captivating retelling of a classic story. The main character is extremely likable as well as the others in the story, and the book is as enchanting and... Read morePublished 3 days ago by Ella Sherman
I have yet to find a Robin McKinley book I don't like... Cranked this one out in an afternoon.... Loved it.Published 3 days ago by Kelly
I've read many versions of Beauty and the Beast over the years but I can tell you that I loved Beauty. This is a retelling of the classic fantasy Beauty and The Beast. Read morePublished 20 days ago by Jack Murphy
I always wondered if someone at Disney read this. I mean they stole McKinley's library - totally!!
This is the way Beauty and the Beast should always be read. Read more
This is a fun retelling of Beauty and the beast. It's not very creative and really follows the original story quite closely. Read morePublished 23 days ago by Penelope Bailey
I love the story of Beauty and the Beast. This telling was well written and wonderful to read. Anyone who enjoys this classic story will love this version. From teen to adult. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Diana Stewart