A young woman's love transforms a monster into a handsome prince in this retelling of a classic Russian folktale, a version of "Beauty and the Beast."
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Text: English, Russian (translation)From School Library Journal:
Grade 2-6-- After Robin McKinley's enchanting novelization ( Beauty Harper, 1978), and with lovely picture book versions available such as Warwick Hutton's (Macmillan, 1985) and Marianna Mayer's (Four Winds, 1978), there seems to be little left to be said or drawn concerning the tale of "Beauty and the Beast." This latest offering, a retelling of a traditional Russian version, offers nothing new. As appealing as the basic story is, this retelling has little to mark it as distinctly Russian. The writing style is competent but hardly noteworthy and lacks the lyrical quality of the versions already mentioned. The watercolor illustrations have a too-varied palette; the pale blues and pinks seem at odds with the violent purples and yellows. Their style is best described as decorative realism, but they fail to capture the true character of the story. Poor page design places several of the more appealing illustrations directly in the gutter and thereby breaks the flow of the action. Unfortunately the book never takes shape; readers will find the story better served in other versions. --Denise A. Anton Wright, Library Book Selection Service, Inc., Bloomington, IL
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Book Description Harcourt Childrens Books (J), 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # P110152704876
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Book Description Harcourt Childrens Books (J). Hardcover. Book Condition: New. 0152704876 New Condition. Bookseller Inventory # NEW6.0066001
Book Description Harcourt Childrens Books (J), 1989. Hardcover. Book Condition: New. Bookseller Inventory # DADAX0152704876