Hi Friends! Here is my Perfect Picture Book Friday! So glad to see you all here today. Grab your cocoa and let’s read.
Perfect Picture Book Friday
Title: Beauty and The Beast
Author/ Illustrator: Retold and illustrated by Jan Brett
Themes: Retelling a fairy tale, fairy tale , relationships,
Publishing info: G.P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin Group Inc.
Resources: A leader, parent or teacher could start a discussion of whether beauty or other qualities such as kindness or a good mind was more important in marriage or any relationship.
What the Jacket says: The story of Beauty and the Beast has been a classic fairy tale for centuries, as popular today as it was long ago. Jan Brett offers a romantic and mysterious view of the struggles between Beauty and the Beast. Beauty must leave home and live in the palace of the Beast to save her father’s life. Meeting the fearsome Beast coming out of the shadows is even more frightening than she expected.
The palace is filled with intriguing animal servants who take care of Beauty, and gradually the Beast befriends her as she comes to know him. Yet she cannot accept his proposal of marriage because she cannot return his love. Will she break his heart forever?
Jan Brett provides a magical dimension to the tale in exquisite tapestries, which offer clues to the outcome of the stories dilemma.
Extraordinary illustrations of the palace rooms and an abundance of roses and wandering peacocks in the palace gardens are enchanting. Readers will marvel at the gorgeous Beauty, and who her ugly suitor really is, as they too are won over by the Beast’s kindness.
What the first Three Sentences Say: “Once upon a time, there lived a merchant’s daughter so lovely and kind that all who knew her called her Beauty. Beauty lived with her father and two sisters in wealth and without worry. Then suddenly their father lost everything when his ships, laden with riches, vanished at sea.”
Why I love it: The love of course. Here instead of the love in the modern fairy tale I spoke of last Friday, love is tested and magic has to occur before a couple can be happily married. And of course I just love the art. Jan Brett’s illustrations are magnificent. As the jacket says her roses and peacocks make the story vividly come to life. There are tapestries in several of the pages with text of foreshadowing that add a special level to the story. I got the book as much for the old fairy tale as for the art. The art is delicious.
And that is my Perfect Picture Book Friday for today but I do have one gift for my writer friends and anyone who is a fan of Julia Cameron, author of The Artist’s Way: a blog talk radio show! If you’re in a hurry you can listen in bursts or if like me you walk on a tread mill listen while you walk with ear phones in.
I hope you like it.
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