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Beauty and the Beast by Jan Brett
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Apr 03, 10

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Read in January, 1989 — I own a copy

One of my favorite versions. Have always loved Jan Brett's illustrations and she doesn't disappoint here. There is the usual fine detail with as much attention and richness in the backgrounds as in the central figures. She based her Beast on the Walter Crane version- a wild boar and every bristle and wrinkle of the snout is carefully depicted. Fabrics are sumptuous and flowers abound. I especially love the panel done as a full silhouette in the style of Arthur Rackham. I was lucky enough to meet Jan Brett at a library conference and she autographed my copy of this book.
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