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Beauty and the Beast (Illustrated) Paperback – May 27, 2012
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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 Hardcover edition.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.
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. ;)