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Beast by Donna Jo Napoli
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Apr 23, 09

Read in March, 2009

This is a very interesting take on the Beauty and the Beast story, starring the Beast instead of Beauty.

This book starts with the Beast, actually a son of the Sultan of Persia, and heir to the throne, in his home country preparing for a traditional Islamic sacrifice. By making a mistake, he upsets a jinn who curses him and turns him into the beast, a lion. In order to avoid his father hunting him down and to find a maid who will love him, the new lion leaves his native Persia, wandering first to to India and then back across Persia, through Europe and into France.

A beautiful retelling of the story that teaches respect for different religions and backgrounds without being preachy. I highly recommend this book.
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