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Dove Isabeau

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After beautiful Dove Isabeau is transformed into a winged dragon by her evil stepmother, her steadfast suitor, Prince Kemp Owain, releases her from the spell. In turn, the Prince has a spell cast upon him from which only Dove Isabeau's love can save him. Watercolor illustrations.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published March 1st 1997 by Voyager Paperbacks (first published 1989)
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Jun 07, 2009 Victoria rated it it was amazing
One of my favorite picture books as a child, and still one of the most breathtaking books I've ever seen.

Illustrated with detailed and captivating drawings on every page, Dove Isabeau tells a classic, haunting fairy tale about a lovely young maiden and her evil, witch stepmother. Having lost her beloved mother, Isabeau only has a white cat for company, while the dark-souled witch wants nothing more than to be rid of her. And so she casts a spell, turning lovely Dove Isabeau into a fearful dragon
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Jan 07, 2016 Julia Brumfield rated it it was amazing
I first came across this beautiful book at school when a librarian introduced me to it and have had a problem finding it since. Fortunately I now own a released library copy so I can re-read this as many times as my heart desires.

This is a beautiful fairytale retelling where the story is familiar enough to lull the reader into thinking they know the end and then having a surprise twist to it. There is more than one hero in this tale but which hero do you call the bravest is up to you.

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Apr 29, 2014 Robert rated it it was amazing
The first book I ever fell in love with. Whenever I am in a used book store I check to see if they have a copy since it is now Out of Print.
A fairytale in the vein of Snow White, Dove Isabeau is a beautiful noble girl who is admired and loved by all. That is, until her mother dies and father remarries a witch who wants nothing more than to kill her stepdaughter, which she tries to find out by wishing into a glass ball every day. Eventually she traps Dove Isabeau and turns her into a dragon, which the king's son (who has of course always loved her) must defeat but there is a twist to the story.
Sep 14, 2012 Lyndsi rated it it was amazing
pb 4? Love this book! Perfect for girls who love princess fairy tales but it also teaches them they do not have to be the damsel in distress. The illustrations are wonderful and life like and the story fits them perfectly. I love the soft colors used and hoe nicely everything blends.
Apr 16, 2012 Maria rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous words, gorgeous pictures.
This is a fairy tale of a young lady who is quiet and gentle, but loved by a king’s son for the “fire that lay beneath the skin”. When she is turned into a dragon by her wicked stepmother, that fire has no choice but to come to the surface.
Apr 13, 2009 Linda rated it really liked it
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I enjoy Jane Yolen's writing and her strong female characters. This book begs to be read/told out loud. I would love to hear one of the tellers at the Timpanogos Storytelling festival do this one.
Mar 10, 2013 Stan rated it liked it
There are too many wicked stepmothers in the world. There are also white cats, good magic, and love that conquers all. I enjoyed this story.
Apr 19, 2010 Kiera rated it liked it
Fairy-tale kind of story with gorgeous illustrations. Interesting, but a little morbid at the end when the heroine kills the witch.
Nov 25, 2013 Sannah rated it it was amazing
I haven't read this book in years and don't know if I would still love it as much, but as a child I thought it was awesome.
Nov 20, 2007 Toshio rated it really liked it
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A very nice picture book playing off of the fair maiden/evil witch theme. Used to use this book with some of my ESL students.
Jun 06, 2012 Chris rated it it was amazing
The illustrations are to die for, some of the best watercolors EVER. My second daughter is named after the heroin, Isabeau.
Oct 07, 2011 Echo rated it it was amazing
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I loved this book. The illustrations were beautiful, and the the story was wonderful. It reminded me of the old fairy tales.
Oct 18, 2008 Angel rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone, it's a classic
This is a beautiful fairy tail with amazing water color pictures. Very much a medieval feel to the story.
May 12, 2012 Timothy rated it really liked it
A beautifully written fantasy with a fairy tale feel. Accompanied by Lovely color artwork by Dennis Nolan.
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Oct 10, 2015 Michael Fitzgerald rated it really liked it
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Pictures could have been better, particularly in the faces.
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Fantabulous children's book. About a dragon lady. :)
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Jane Yolen is a novelist, poet, fantasist, journalist, songwriter, storyteller, folklorist, and children’s book author who has written more than three hundred books. Her accolades include the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, the World Fantasy Award, three Mythopoeic Awards, the Kerlan Award, two Christopher Awards, and six honorary doctorate degrees from colleges and universities in Massachuset ...more
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