First sentence: There lived three sisters and a father in a humble house in the country. They had once known great riches. But the father's business had failed, and now they lived a spare, hard life.
Premise/plot: A father asks each of his daughters what they would like him to bring them as a present when he returns from a business trip. His youngest daughter asks for a rose, just a rose. When the business trip fails--and he's lost all hope of financial success--he faces a hard trip back. He can't even bring a rose home. But after taking refuge in a stone castle--he never sees his host, but is treated well--he spots a rose in the garden and takes it. His host? So not happy.
This is the original story of Beauty and the Beast retold by Cynthia Rylant. It is not Disney's Beauty and the Beast retold by Cynthia Rylant. (I think that's a great thing actually.)
My thoughts: I love this story, the original story, I mean. The Beast is a dear from cover to cover. And it's just a magical story. It's not crazy-dramatic. It's not over-the-top. It's just good and simple and lovely.
Text: 4 out of 5
Illustrations: 4 out of 5
Total: 8 out of 10
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