Beauty and the Beast (Picture Puffin Story Books)

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9780140556216: Beauty and the Beast (Picture Puffin Story Books)

Retold by Adele Geras, this collection of fairy tales includes "The Tinder Box", "Bluebeard", "Rapunzel", "Hansel and Gretel" and "Beauty and the Beast".

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From School Library Journal:

Grade 2-4?Geras has a well-deserved reputation as a fine storyteller, but this collection doesn't entirely meet the standards of her previous efforts. Here, she retells eight mostly familiar fairy tales, including two by Hans Christian Andersen. Sections such as "Beauty and the Beast," "Rapunzel," and "The Girl Who Stepped on a Loaf" are well told, but "The Tinderbox" and "Bluebeard" seem underdeveloped and static, and the retelling of "Vipers and Pearls" does not compare to Charlotte Huck's vibrant Toads and Diamonds (Greenwillow, 1995). Brierley's illustrations use sandy, earthy tones, unusual perspectives, and somewhat naive figures to convey the dreamlike nature of the tales. Sometimes she is right on target, as in the double-page spread for "Beauty and the Beast," which depicts the merchant plucking Beauty's rose; it is the horse's reaction that draws readers' attention to the Beast in the shadows. Similarly, the double-page spread for "Rapunzel" captures the girl's struggle to survive in a wasteland. Other illustrations, however, fall short; the old woman in "The Tinderbox," who is never directly identified as a witch, looks like an escapee from the set of The Wizard of Oz and lacks the apron specified in the text. Overall, it is difficult to determine an audience for this book. The palette and content seem aimed at older readers, while the oversized format, large type, and plentiful white space seem appropriate for younger children. Large libraries with a high demand for fairy-tale collections might want to consider this title for an additional source of the well-told stories mentioned above, but smaller libraries would be better off putting their resources elsewhere.?Donna L. Scanlon, Lancaster County Library, PA
Copyright 1997 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Publishers Weekly:

In this handsome collection of eight stories, foggy, almost pointillist paintings reinvent the traditional fairy tale landscape as an empty expanse, sparsely populated by tortured trees and thorny bushes. Brierley (Peacock Pie) uses a palette of chestnut and rose to present eerie scenes: Rapunzel with her heavy braid supported by iron clamps; Belle sitting alone at a huge, suggestively canopied supper table, awaiting the Beast's arrival. The human characters have solid, Eastern European faces, and the monsters display a raggedy canine ferocity. Although she provides no foreword or introduction to explain her choices, Geras recounts the tales with an emphasis on dialogue and adds original touches. For example, although the crone in the candy house has fed them on thick soup and apple pancakes, Gretel has her suspicions: "I think," she says to Hansel, "that this old woman may be a witch.... She has red eyes. That is a sure sign, they say." Such details bring out the unearthly wonder and poignant horror that underlie these well-loved yarns. All ages.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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