Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Beauty By Robin Mckinely

Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast (Mass Market Paperback)

by Robin Mckinley (Author) "I was the youngest of three daughters..." (more)
  • Reading level: Young Adult
  • Mass Market Paperback: 336 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen (July 26, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060753102
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060753108
Amazon.com Review
This much-loved retelling of the classic French tale Beauty and the Beast elicits the familiar magical charm, but is more believable and complex than the traditional story. In this version, Beauty is not as beautiful as her older sisters, who are both lovely and kind. Here, in fact, Beauty has no confidence in her appearance but takes pride in her own intelligence, her love of learning and books, and her talent in riding. She is the most competent of the three sisters, which proves essential when they are forced to retire to the country because of their father's financial ruin.

The plot follows that of the renowned legend: Beauty selflessly agrees to inhabit the Beast's castle to spare her father's life. Beauty's gradual acceptance of the Beast and the couple's deepening trust and affection are amplified in novel form. Robin McKinley's writing has the flavor of another century, and Beauty heightens the authenticity as a reliable and competent narrator.

This was McKinley's first book, written almost 20 years ago. Since that time she has been awarded the Newbery Medal for The Hero and the Crown and has delighted her fans with another retelling of the Beauty and the Beast fable, Rose Daughter. Still, McKinley's first novel has a special place in the hearts of her devoted readers, many of whom attest to relishing Beauty time and again. (Ages 11 to Adult) --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

Joe and I just finished reading this book from our past. Both of us read (and enjoyed) this book when we were young and so it made for a light, fun read aloud together.

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