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Beauty and the Beast (Disney's Wonderful World of Reading)

4.39  ·  Rating Details ·  15,394 Ratings  ·  130 Reviews

The complete retelling of favorite Disney movies in a true read-aloud style.

Hardcover, 30 pages
Published January 1st 2002 by Random House Disney
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May 25, 2011 Manny rated it liked it
Shelves: children
Love the movie, hate, hate, HATE the marketing. The moral, which could not be presented more clearly, is that true beauty comes from within. Belle, the heroine of the story, is an intelligent and sensible girl who's usually got her nose in a book. Throughout virtually the whole film she wears this practical blue dress:


But in 95% of the merchandise - dolls, posters, lunch-boxes etc - she is depicted wearing her admittedly tasteful but rather surprisingly revealing yellow ball gown, gazing up at t
Taghreed Jamal el deen
من صغري وهالقصة أحب قصص الطفولة لقلبي ..
" الحب الصادق يلي بيقبلنا رغم بشاعتنا وعيوبنا بيقدر يعمل معجزات ويطلّع أحلى ما فينا " مؤمنة جدا بهي الحقيقة ♥
كنت حابة اقرأ الحكاية الأصلية ودورت كتير ولقيت نسخ مختلفة لعدة كتّاب ما عرفت أيا فيهم الأصلية ! وبالنهاية قرأت نسخة ديزني اللي قرأتا بطفولتي .. إذا حدا من الأصدقاء بيعرف النسخة الأصلية بالعربي أو الإنجليزي يا ريت يساعدني
Mar 22, 2017 imane rated it it was amazing
Shelves: bande-dessinée
الجمال الحقيقي ياتي من الداخل وحتى لو حلت على احدهم لعنة بقليل من الحب قد يختفي الوحش
Bennett cried when the Beast turned human again. Daddy says it's because this is a girl book and beasts>princes!
Mar 15, 2017 Maja rated it it was amazing
I read it so many times. It's one of the most beautiful fairytales. And today it's my first time in english ;)
Jan 15, 2010 Bethany rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s
I must say that I think Beauty and the Beast is one of the best Disney stories. I love how Belle is able to look beyond the physical appearance of the Beast.
Jan 10, 2011 Jenny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
omg i loveeeed this.... shout out to 7th grade!
Sep 01, 2016 Angel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love how this is written
Paige Durkee
Dec 04, 2016 Paige Durkee rated it it was amazing
Beauty and the Beast is a folklore intended for children ages 4 and up. I rated this book 5 stars because I loved this as a child. In his book, the beast is cursed until he finds his true love and when Bell comes to the castle to rescue her father, they begin to fall in love. The pictures in this book are very detailed and colorful. The theme of the story is love and seeing past people's flaws. I think this is a great book for young readers because it is a great lesson and a good story.
Briceyda Pardo
Feb 28, 2017 Briceyda Pardo rated it it was amazing
l love this book and it is so romantic l just like the part when the beauty and the beast just started dancing and l loved it l wish l was the beauty :)
Omnia reda
Nov 17, 2016 Omnia reda rated it it was amazing
love love love , love the book , love the animation and absolutely will love the 2017`s movie with the belle Emma Watson ...more
Haley Johnson
Feb 28, 2017 Haley Johnson rated it liked it
I read this book to the children I babysit, in honor of the new movie. They are girls ages 4 and 7. They absolutely loved the book and the pictures told the story.
Lindsey Richard
Great version of the story presented by Walt Disney, so students may be familiar with the pictures throughout the book to correlate with the movie. Good book to teach that it doesn't matter who a person is, it's what's in the heart that counts.
Krista Basilio
Apr 26, 2011 Krista Basilio rated it it was amazing
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Antoinette Evans
Apr 20, 2015 Antoinette Evans rated it liked it
This storybook retelling of the Disney classic Beauty and the Beast is a timeless story about the fallibility of quick judgement and the greatness of inner beauty. Belle's classic story of looking past physical appearance and finding inner beauty is a story that transcends time and culture. Every reader experiences the journey of self-discovery and self-worth that Belle experiences in her pursuit of true love. This story illustrates the transcendence of love as Belle pushes past the physical dis ...more
Jul 21, 2016 Alyssa added it
Shelves: 25-traditional
The typical love story, right? Nope! Beauty's family's house burns down, losing everything they own. Their father sets off to find supplies for them. He runs into this castle, and finds hot food, a comfy bed, and shelter for the night. He wakes up, and goes to cut a rose off and finds a beast roaring over him! The beast tells him to go home and send a daughter to fall in love. Beauty is sent to him, and he continuously asks her to marry him. He allows her to go back to see her family, but if she ...more
Jun 23, 2015 Larissa rated it really liked it
Brett, Jan. Beauty and the Beast. New York: Clarion, 1989. Print. Beauty and the Beast is a great and fun book for students to be able to read. This book tells the story of how a princess and a beast fall in love with each-other. This book is probably right for the age ranges of about 6-12. This book is a great book of how to not judge someone based on how they look like along with many other books in today's world. This book is a great example of how much fun it would be to make sure that looki ...more
Ann Ferber
May 07, 2015 Ann Ferber rated it it was amazing
This is a great short read for students that want to tie words in with familiar pictures from the movie. The students already know the characters, so the text will be more approachable for the readers. It tells the classic story of the beautiful woman falling in love with a male despite his beastly features. In the end she is truly rewarded because of her love for him he eventually becomes a prince. I think this is a great moral for a story. It wouldn't have to mean the person you love will beco ...more
Nov 04, 2011 Chelsea rated it really liked it
Beauty and the Beast is one of my favorite fairy tales. This book is an abbreviated version of the movie and I thought it was done well. The entire story was captured in a short period of time with short pages and beautiful pictures to help children read the story and stay engaged. The story could be used for a fun read aloud, for a class library or for a variety of introductions to a lesson. One lesson that it could be used for is introducing titles or chapters. The story was broken into differ ...more
Beauty and the Beast is my favorite of all fairy tales. It is a story of the folly of quick judgements and the hope for redemption and the healing powers of love. The beast made a mistake when young and it has cursed his life. The only way to save him is if someone can see beyond him looking like a beast and see the kinder man inside and love him. And belle is just that special person. ( All the wonderful enchanted characters in the castle are a plus!)

This would be an opportunity to talk about w
Sam Shaneybrook
Feb 23, 2012 Sam Shaneybrook rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Beauty and the Beast is a great children's book for ages 5-8. Beauty and the Beast is about a spell put on a prince to make him a beast until love's fist kiss. Belle, the heroine in the book, goes to the Beast's castle to get her father back, whom is captured. In return for her dad, Belle must stay as the prisoner instead. Beauty and the Beast is a timeless classic about love and liking yourself for who you are. The illustrations in the book are very well done. They are big and the coloring coin ...more
Marie-Josee Larouche
Dec 20, 2014 Marie-Josee Larouche rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People of love Disney's classic stories, children
Recommended to Marie-Josee by: My mom and aunt
This was one among many Disney classics that was read to me by my mom or aunt as a bedtime story when I was growing up. This story taught me the value of inner beauty, and not focusing on what someone may looks like or their race. We're all the same on the inside, and equally s beautiful. The Prince in this story just needed that reminder. I have always loved this story because of that concept. It teaches children of the importance of making friends and loving others without the care of what one ...more
Apr 30, 2013 Rae rated it really liked it
"Beauty and the Beast" is a classic fairy tale that most children are aware of and love. When an arrogant prince is turned into a beast by a witch, his only hope for the curse to be lifted is for someone to fall in love with his true beauty. It is only when he meets Belle the Beauty that his hard heart finally begins to soften, and she is able to look past his exterior in order to see what truly lies beneath. Children of all ages will love this timeless story because of its everlasting principle ...more
Ceci Raya
Oct 20, 2015 Ceci Raya rated it it was amazing
It's my favorite princess and my favorite fairy tale in WHOLE WORLD, I just can't stop loving it... This plus the fact that Walt Disney is a FUCKING GENIUS, this was my favorite fairy tale adaption for a book and movie for kids.

I have a crush on the beast and the love that Belle have for him: it remembers me that we can't juge a person for how he looks like. We HAVE to juge the personality, not the way he (or she) looks. Idk, I'm so in love.

(Sorry sorry soooorryyyy if I made a mistake writing th
Ashley Fischer
Oct 15, 2009 Ashley Fischer added it
Shelves: pbgs-3
This is a great magic folktale. There are always new surprising things going on in the story to keep children engaged. The pictures are great—as all Disney pictures are. The pictures use vibrant colors that really attract the eye. They are very defined lines but not a lot of texture. The pictures really set the level of emotion and feeling as students can see the mood and emotions of the characters. I would use this book to teach children to love everyone for who they are on the inside rather th ...more
Mar 13, 2013 María rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lo he encontrado tras años sin tener noticias de él. Estaba en casa de mi abuela y tenía que ponerlo aquí.

Fue el primero libro que me regalaron, apenas recuerdo como lo leía -apenas no, no lo recuerdo-, y tampoco sé quién me lo regaló, tengo que preguntar a mi madre.

Creo que fue este libro -y la película- y Bella quienes me inculcaron el placer por la lectura, ver a una protagonista que no paraba de leer me gustó mucho, por eso me identifico tanto con ella, imagino que a muchas otras lectoras l
Rakshya Bhatta
Apr 23, 2014 Rakshya Bhatta rated it liked it
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Dec 04, 2016 Jillian rated it really liked it
The genre of this book is fairy tale. This book is about a princess whose father is captured by a beast and then the princess takes his place and live with the beast. This book is perfect for young readers all children love the fairy tales and are very interested in reading. Also it will help them learn to read since they always see the movie before reading the book. I rated it 4 out of 5 because it is just like to movie and children sometimes get tired of hearing and watching the same thing ove ...more
Nov 27, 2013 Naoya rated it really liked it
1. Charles Perrault
2. 80 min
3. 1.Beast 2.Beauty 3.stepsister 4.merchant 5.rose 7.misfortune
4. Have you seen this movie before?
No, I haven't. I didn't know this story yet. I only know beauty and beast is dancing. It kind of commercial message.
5. I have not finished reading this story yet, but I feel this story like a Cinderella. Stepsisters envy Beauty's face, because she is beautiful. Stepsisters want to get a lot of expensive things, but Beauty doesn't need anything. This story like kind
Chanita Zimmerman
Mar 31, 2014 Chanita Zimmerman rated it it was amazing
Shelves: failry-tale
I enjoy this book. I think children can get a very important lesson from this book. I will use this book in the classroom.

This book sets a positive message about being judgemental about looks and appearance. This is a message for children to learn at a very young age because this world have so many bias. I would use this book when children are being judgemental and talking diwn on others expressing the importance of others feelings.
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Which is the best retelling Beauty and the beast book 1 2 Apr 24, 2016 10:02PM  
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  • The Lion King: A little Golden Book
  • Disney's the Lion King
  • Sleeping Beauty (Disney Princess, 5)
  • Lady and the Tramp
  • Frosty the Snowman (Frosty the Snowman)
  • The Three Little Pigs
  • Winnie The Pooh And The Honey Tree (Little Golden Book)
  • Peter Pan (A Little Golden Book)
  • The Three Bears
  • Clifford The Firehouse Dog
  • The Three Little Pigs (Disney Classic)
  • Three Little Kittens
  • Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer
  • The Honey Tree (Little Golden Book)
  • The Country Mouse and the City Mouse; The Fox and the Crow; The Dog and His Bone
  • Bears on Wheels
  • Disney's Tarzan (A Read-Aloud Storybook)
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