A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast

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Robin McKinley&́#x80;™s acclaimed first novel is a brilliant reimagining of the classic French fairy tale I was the youngest of three daughters. Our literal-minded mother named us Grace, Hope, and Honour. . . . My father still likes to tell the story of how I acquired my odd nickname: I had come to him for further information when I first discovered that our names meant something besides you-come-here. He succeeded in explaining grace and hope, but he had some difficulty trying to make the concept of honour understandable to a five-year-old. . . . I said: &́#x80;˜Huh! I&́#x80;™d rather be Beauty.&́#x80;™ . . . By the time it was evident that I was going to let the family down by being plain, I&́#x80;™d been called Beauty for over six years. . . . I wasn&́#x80;™t really very fond of my given name, Honour, either . . . as if &́#x80;˜honourable&́#x80;™ were the best that could be said of me. The sisters&́#x80;™ wealthy father loses all his money when his merchant fleet is drowned in a storm, and the family moves to a village far away. Then the old merchant hears what proves to be a false report that one of his ships had made it safe to harbor at last, and on his sad, disappointed way home again he becomes lost deep in the forest and has a terrifying encounter with a fierce Beast, who walks like a man and lives in a castle. The merchant&́#x80;™s life is forfeit, says the Beast, for trespass and the theft of a rose&́#x80;”but he will spare the old man&́#x80;™s life if he sends one of his daughters: &́#x80;œYour daughter would take no harm from me, nor from anything that lives in my lands.&́#x80; When Beauty hears this story&́#x80;”for her father had picked the rose to bring to her&́#x80;”her sense of honor demands that she take up the Beast&́#x80;™s offer, for &́#x80;œcannot a Beast be tamed?
Publisher: [Place of publication not identified] :, Open Road Media Teen & Tween,, 2014
Copyright Date: ©2014
ISBN: 9781497673700
Branch Call Number: DOWNLOADABLE eBOOK
Characteristics: data file,rda
1 online resource (328 pages)
Alternative Title: Beauty and the beast


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Feb 07, 2017

Without question, the best Beauty and the Beast re-telling I've ever read. The storyline was so charming, and the characterization was amazing. I can't believe how the characters seemed to become real. I thought I really knew them. A book that will stick with me. Definitely one I would highly recommend.

SaraLovesBooks Oct 12, 2016

I have read and re-read this novel many times over the years. It is an amazing re-telling of the story of "Beauty and the Beast." I loved every single one of the characters. There was no specific "villain" character, which I enjoyed. I highly recommend this book, especially since the character of Beauty is an unusual heroine for the genre.

Librarian_Maggie May 10, 2016

This book is why I became a librarian! After watching Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" in the theater (no, we're not going to discuss how old that makes me!), I went to the library to find a book about the same story. I vividly remember typing the title into the computer catalog. I found this book and loved it. And loved it again and again and again.

Dec 13, 2015

by far my favorite version of sleeping beauty!

Feb 04, 2015

one of the best enhanced Beauty and the Beast stories

Dec 04, 2014

Best McKinley book and my all time favorite book. I reread it monthly. And so much better then the Disney version of the Beauty and the Beast tale.

Aug 05, 2014

It's been so long since I sat down and read a whole book in one sitting. Beauty captured me from word one. Growing up beauty and the beast had always been my favourite disney movie. Beauty inspired my love with her love of books and her kindness and open mindedness. This book perfectly captured everything I loved about the princess and put it into a story that is a classic on it's own but made better through McKinley's modern retelling. I would truly recommend this book to everyone i know. You will enjoy it. I guarantee it.

Feb 19, 2014

A really lovely retelling of "Beauty and the Beast", rich with detail and original subplots. I highly recommend this book.

Aug 22, 2013

This book is absolutely wonderful. She wrote this way before the Disney adaptation and it is such a good version of Beauty and the Beast. I would also recommend reading her second retelling, written nearly 20 years later, called "Rose Daughter". Both books are amazing, especially if you love fairy tales.

Aug 17, 2013

Not sure what the deal was, but I found this book very hard to read. It kind of drug on and then it ended abruptly, I felt, compared to the pace of the rest of the story. I did enjoy this different take on the tale though. In the end, it was a pretty good read.

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“At least I was true. My intellectual abilities gave me a release, and an excuse. I shunned company because I preferred books; and the dreams I confided to my father were of becoming a scholar in good earnest, and going to University. It was unheard-of several shocked governesses were only too quick to tell me, when I spoke a little too boldly -- but my father nodded ans smiled and said, 'We'll see.' Since I believed my father could do anything -- except of course make me pretty -- I worked and studied with passionate dedication, lived in hope, and avoided society and mirrors.”

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“As I have said, you have no reason to trust me, and an excellent reason not to.”


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