A beautiful fairytale retelling

beautyTITLE = BEAUTY

AUTHOR = ROBIN McKINLEY

GENRE = FANTASY, FAIRY TALE, ROMANCE

INTEREST LEVEL = YEARS 7 – 10

This is a much-loved rewriting of a much-lived fairytale: Beauty and the Beast. The story takes a fairly traditional approach: at the beginning, Beauty and her family are well off and happy but when her father’s fortunes are lost, the family must move to a small town near haunted woods.  Here the Beast is encountered and Beauty offers to go and live with him, to save her father’s life.

Beauty is a clever, kind and brave girl, more interested in books and studying than in the world of romance, especially if she is virtually a prisoner in the beast’s home. Can she can learn to like this beast… maybe even love him??

A gentle story beautifully told …  with plenty of ups and downs and a satisfying ending.

And if you enjoyed this story, why not read other versions of the Beauty & the Beast tale such as “Scarlet in the Snow” by Sophie Masson.

Recommended (dma) ****