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Beauty and the Beast Hardcover – Abridged, August 15, 2015
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About the Author
Jeanne Marie Le Prince de Beaumont (1711 - 1780) was a French novelist. In 1746 she left France to become a governess in London, where her first novel was published in 1748. She continued her literary career by publishing many school books. She then began to publish collections she called "magazines" of educational and moral stories and poems for children. She was among the first writers to specifically write fairy tales for children.
Gordon Griffin is one of the most prolific and sought-after voice artists in the UK. As well as narrating over 700 audiobooks, Gordon can be heard on countless TV and radio advertisements, corporate videos, training films and documentaries. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.
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Regarding the original story. Was hard not to think of the differences of the Disney Version verses the original. The meat of the story is the same but not all the same. No singing tea pots, love of the library/booksis not there, etc. This original version is short, concise, clean. Children and preteens can read this. The pictures are nice.
As shown on the cover, the Beast is portrayed as a boar with long tusks. Later in the story when Beauty is residing with him, she dreams of a handsome prince who keeps telling her to not be deceived by outward appearances. Who is this prince? Is the Beast holding him captive? When he allows Beauty to return home to her family for a period of time will she come back to him as promised? Will it be too late?
A classic fairy tale that should be in all family libraries! I found one error where in the sentence "The advanced to meet her", "The" should be "They." Not enough to put you off reading though.
At the beginning of the tale, the reader meets a wealthy merchant who has six sons and six daughters. They live sumptuously and prosperously. Suddenly, disaster strikes. The merchant loses his home and possessions in a fire, and pirates sack his shipping business. The distraught family retreats to a poor life in a forest cottage, which is their only remaining possession. All his daughters complain with the exception of the youngest named Beauty who is determined to make their meager life a happy one. Then one day she asks her father for a favor. She longs to see one beautiful rose. The merchant sets off to find one and his journey takes him to a mysterious castle. He is left alone but treated lavishly. Suddenly an ugly beast appears. He promises to let the traveler return home if he will return with one of his daughters to live with him in the castle. The merchant reluctantly agrees.
Beauty feels responsible for her father’s plight and volunteers to return with him to the castle of the Beast where they find unexpected surprises and treasures. When it comes time for the merchant to return home, both he and his daughter are distraught. Strange dreams bring about strange occurrences. What will happen to Beauty and the Beast? Remember, I told you that this is not a classic Disney fairytale.
The illustrations are the original nineteenth century drawings by Walter Crane. They are extraordinarily detailed and magnificently colored. The reader will think herself transported to a museum. They add to the flavor of an authentic French period piece. As an adult, I enjoyed this rendition of the classic tale. I believe that tweens and teens will find this “grown-up” rendition of Beauty and the Beast a most appealing one. Available in kindle and paperback versions.
Then a ship that father thought was lost was discovered to be safe. It was filled with great wealth. Father wanted to celebrate by giving each daughter a gift. The spoiled daughters asked for much, but Beauty said she would be satisfied with a rose.
This request led to interesting consequences with a significant moral lesson.
This book counts as a "good story well told" and well illustrated. But then I have a soft spot for the classic fairy tales. ;)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This version is much different from the Disney version but its very appealing and magnificent.