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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.
The storytelling is wonderful. The over simplified names BUG me and detract from the story.. I don't like the names of characters and it truly affects my perception of the story... Read morePublished 3 days ago by ME Wilson
"Beauty", by Robin McKinley is a wonderful retelling of the very old, very familiar French fairy tale, "Beauty and the Beast". Read morePublished 17 days ago by Marilyn
One of my favorite books from childhood. I reread it at least once a year. I couldn't find my hard copy, so now I have it on my kindle app for whenever, wherever.Published 26 days ago by KitchenKaos
I love this version of the story. Beautiful and descriptive writing.Published 28 days ago by Nancy Gonzalez
Nice slightly fleshed out tale of Beauty and the Beast. The backstory on Beauty was well written and her horse was an interesting fellowPublished 1 month ago by Lowri
An amazing retelling of this story. I read this when I was younger and continue to re-read it to this day. Read morePublished 1 month ago by NatalieLucia14
I adore this book. I remember first coming across it in the school library while looking for a nonfiction book to fill a reading requirement. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amanda Marie
Have loved this since middle school. Excited to introduce my daughter to it. A fun retelling of a classic story.Published 1 month ago by Virginia Ober
So in love with this telling of beauty & the beast! The first time I read it through in one day. I've rea-read it several times since then and it's still my favorite. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Deborah Davila