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Beauty and the Beast

4.33 of 5 stars 4.33  ·  rating details  ·  4,045 ratings  ·  76 reviews
Generations of children have been fascinated by the story of the girl named Beauty who grows to love a fearsome beast. This acclaimed best-seller, first published in 1978, transports readers into a world of pure magic and mystery.
Paperback, 48 pages
Published February 1st 2002 by Chronicle Books (first published August 1st 1978)
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Morgan Renae
This was goooorgeous! When I was on my K.Y. Craft binge, I read two of Marianna Mayer's picture books that K.Y. had illustrated (The Twelve Dancing Princesses and Baba Yaga and Vasilisa the Brave). They were my favorite ones story-wise, so I looked into more Marianna Mayer. When I first laid eyes upon this beautiful edition of Beauty and the Beast, I fell in love. The illustrations are so dark, rich, romantic. Who is the artist, I must know!

... wait ... Mercer Mayer? Mercer Mayer? "Little Critt...more
The Beast was my first crush. Yet I resented his metamorphosis.
*shakes fist at transfiguring power of love*

Nowadays it just seems a literalism of anthropomorphism. I wanna blame Disney. *sulks*
Drew Graham
When a wealthy merchant suddenly loses all his assets, he and his family must cut back, much to the chagrin of two of his three daughters. They moan about their losses, but his third daughter, Beauty, does all she can to help her father and brothers keep a roof over the family's head and food on their table. When it seems one of the merchant's ships has been discovered, he thinks they'll be set for life again, but his hopes are dashed when he realizes the remaining ship has also been destroyed....more
I just love the art in this book, I was given "East Of The Sun, And West Of The Moon",the art work is the same in that story as well. The story is a nice version I don't mind reading to my four year old, with wonderfully alive and moving illustration that didn't scare her. Over all I think this is definitely a new favorite.
Momoko Fujigaki
1.Ladder Series level 1
3.1,Beauty's family 2,Father's Trip 3,The Castle 4,The Beast 5,The Life with the Beast 6,Sister's thought 7,True Love
4.a)The Beast stepped back as though she just hit him in face. He looked sadder than any person in the world. His big, brown eyes filled with tears. He turned away from her and said," Then good night, Beauty." He did not look back. He left the room.
b)This scene (after he asked Beauty to marry) made me sad because actually he was not t...more
My favorite fairy tale. Viscerally haunting, almost inappropriately passionate for something I fell in love with when I was six.
Feb 25, 2014 John rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: kids
This is THE BEST Beauty and the Beast story I've read. Every other edition that I've encountered is too short, too pat, and just doesn't have the thoroughness and the character-building narrative of this edition.

The psychology of the characters is more complete and convincing. There is a prophetic, mystical challenge for Beauty that is never developed in any other story I've seen. Her father and brothers are more tormented and her sisters more conniving.

This is the edition to get and cherish in...more
Nichole Perez
This book is one of my top ten favorite books of all time! The way, in which the illustrations are drawn with such detail and color, I was fascinated and wanted to continue to read the book. Also, the morals of the story are ones that stick with you for life! I highly recommend this book to everyone who hasn’t read it yet. However, I think almost everyone at some point or another has come across this tale.

The storyline is about a girl, named Belle, who learns to love a scary looking beast for h...more
Tonya Branch

This is the classic tale of Belle, the beauty, who is an inventor's daughter. One day Beauty's father get's lost in the woods and is taken prisoner by a hideous beast. Beauty finds him and offers herself for her father's freedom. The Beast accepts the offer because he is really a prince under a spell and he knows Belle is his only hope of breaking the spell. Belle stays with him and at first it seems like he is the most evil being in the world. However, as the book progresses he turns...more
Holly Hardwick
I was very excited to read Beauty and the Beast by Marianna Mayer because the Disney movie is my all-time favorite movie and I love the message of finding beauty and love despite appearances. The book, while very different from the movie I love so much, stayed true to that central message so I very much enjoyed it. I also liked that in the story the character of Beast was very kind and didn't treat Beauty like a prisoner, showing a much healthier relationship than in the movie. I found it intere...more
As a child I absolutely loved the classic Disney movie of “Beauty and the Beast”. Having never read the actual story I was eager to do so. However, I found the story and the film to more dissimilar than I expected. “Beauty and the Beast” by Marianna Mayer tells the traditional tale of Belle who falls in love with a Beast. After Belle’s father get’s lost within the woods he is taken hostage by the Beast. Belle pleads with the Beast to let her father go and that she will take his place as his pris...more
Growing up Beauty and the Beast has been my favorite fairy tale. I have a soft spot for this fairy tale because my first date with my boyfriend was to see this tale in the theater. I had high expectations for this story and was eager to read Mayer’s. Once I put the book down I was astonished by his work. The illustrations captured me from the beginning. The color and detail was amazing. I am sure many know the story line of Beauty and the Beast. But the way the illustrations and the writings in...more
Holly Smith
I read "Beauty and the Beast" retold by Marianna Mayer. In this version Beauty had a wealthy father, brothers and sisters, who eventually lost everything. While their father was on a trip trying to find something to bring the family hope he wandered upon the Beast's castle where the Beast showed him hospitality. But in order for the merchant father to return home he had to promise that his daughter would stay in his place. Beauty agrees to stay and lives out her life at the Beast's castle. The i...more
I borrowed this one through the dreadful inter-library loan program. Loving Marianna Mayer's previous fairy tales that I have read and enjoying Mercer Mayer I expected to delight in this one, but I didn't really. For the age that I'm reading most of these fairy tales, having two full picture book pages of just text with not even a scroll of illustration for a focus point it would lose my little girl's attention. By the time that she would really be reading on her own I think she'd rather hold so...more
I was shocked when I opened this book to see how familiar the illustrations were, even though I am sure that I have never seen them before. Instead my memory is remembering the artistic style of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, which clearly draws inspiration from Mayer's illustrations. The qulity of line is unique enough to be instantly recognizable, especially in his depictions of roses and architecture (which are highly stylized rather than realistic). The trees and scenery also evoke the same...more
One of my all time favorites from when my kids were little. I've saved it for my "Grandma bookshelf"

Someday, if I am blessed to be a grandmother I will design a play corner for my grand kids around this bookcase. I LOVE it!!!

This book introduced me to the art of Mercer Mayer, and I've been hooked ever since I first read it as a child. The story itself is the basic Beauty and the Beast tale, but this arrangement with the gorgeous artwork is what makes this edition special.

I can remember staring at Belle's study - there is a golden birdcage, books, roses everywhere, and she's sitting on a window that gives her a panoramic view of the world around her. Every single space in the illustration is filled with something bea...more
Publisher: Four Winds Press, 1978
Interest Level: 3-5
Lexile Level: 740

Summary: A young girl is given to a Beast in order to save her father's life. The girl learns to love the Beast for who he is on the inside and not the terrifying appearance on the outside.

Review: Beauty and the Beast tales have always been my favorite. I find the theme of looking for the good in everyone and making the best of every situation, close to my heart. Children find this love story endearing and interesting. The clas...more
Madison Johnson
As a child this was always one of my favorite movies. I think that this tale of two people so different in so manys can still find love is beautiful. This book has beautiful pictures and portrays the story of beauty and the beast beautifully.

The story of beauty and the beast finds her self lost in the woods and happens to stumble upon a castle. Seeking help she goes into the castle and upon her suprise is stunned by what she sees. Belle finds a monster and he keeps her locked up. He has a plan...more
Fred Kohn
This adaptation was very nice, but what really made this book was Mercer Mayer's pictures.
Iori Kawasaki
This book report is for Sophie's class.

Beauty and the Beast
IBC publish Level:2
Written by: Marianna Mayer
read to time: 60min

seven words summary:
beauty, princess, merchant, propose, request, rose, truth

Discussion question
1.Have you ever watched "Beauty and the Beast" of Disney movie?
my answer: I have not watched Disney's one. but one day, i wanna watch it.

2.Which do you attach greater importance to looks or to inside?
my answer: I attach greater importance to inside than to looks, because inside me...more
Linda B
I don't know how to delete this but I didn't read it.
Apr 14, 2013 Rumpusparable rated it 5 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: anyone
Recommended to Rumpusparable by: my father
IMO, Mayer's illustrations are beautiful in this and work wonderfully with the story to bring out the emotions expressed.

I was given this as a child and have enjoyed this version of Beauty and the Beast from the start.

It's simply told so as to be accessible to someone young, but is also done in a style that will please adults.

The pictures tying into the story are what truly make this book, for me. The story is lovely, but without the images wouldn't on it's own conjure the same feeling. Together...more
The Mayers present a great edition of Beauty and the Beast in this picture book. Marianna's story is simply and beautifully told, and the illustrations are stunning, full of detail, and create the perfect mood for this classic fairy tale. I highly recommend this book. The book about a beautiful woman and a not so handsome beast who fall in love. From this we learn that the beauty within is far more important the lack of beauty on the outside. I would use this book and compare it to other version...more
The illustrations in this picture book are amazing. The art makes you want to dive into the book and become a part of such a rich and indulging story. This classic tale derives from the original French fairy tale by Madame de Beaumont. I advise those looking for the Disney version to look elsewhere. This fairy tale promises life lessons and will enrich a readers mind and soul.

I would recommend reading this as both a bedtime story and during class time.
Natalie Quinn
Another great story that falls under the traditional literature genre. I love how the illustrator took this classic tale and added their own images to it, which by the way are beautiful. Because a classic tale like Beauty and the Beast has no one true owner, illustrators and authors are free to recreate these classic tales and add their own unique style to it. This adds value to the literature and brings more importance for children to be exposed to them!
Krisette Spangler
Hank and I read this telling of Beauty and the Beast together. He was a little hesitant to join me, but I assured him it wasn't a Disney princess story. He loved it!

The story is beautifully illustrated, which always endears it to my heart. Unfortunately, it appears to me that the Mayer versions of these classic tales are out of print. If you can find a copy; you won't be disappointed.
Gustavo Garcia II
This is a wonderful piece of literature and a need-to-have in the classroom. The Disney version is a great real telling, but it still cannot compare to this timeless classic. It teaches a great lesson about being able to see the hidden beauty in life despite however ugly things may seem. I would recommend it for every classroom library. It is a must-have!
Probably the beast 'classic' version of Beauty and the Beast I've read. I would have given the book five stars, but I didn't like how the beast was portrayed to look like a cat. Other than that, the book was excellent.
It was interesting to read the traditional fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast after being exposed to the Disney version for most of my life. I like this version and the story that it told, as it was much different than Disney. There was a lot of text, which might make for a longer read-aloud, but the pictures were beautiful!
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Marianna Mayer lives in Roxbury, Connecticut.
"I see folktales and myths as humankind's first stories," says Marianna Mayer. "They are a kind of collective dreaming, filled with timeless symbols and images we can all relate to, regardless of age or culture. And, much as an oyster must be disturbed by a grain of sand in order for the pearl to be created, I often choose to retell stories in which I...more
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