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What the community says about Beauty
- "This book is broken into three main parts. The first part is used to set the scene and tell the backstories of Beauty and her family. Beauty lives with her two sisters--Hope and Grace--and her Father (who is as eccentric as old Maurice). Father's ships are lost in consecutive storms, and their family is forced to sell their possessions and move to a smaller town with Hope's fiance to live a simpler life. This section--in my opinion--was too long and dense. I found it hard to stay interested and had to really FORCE myself to keep reading. The sentences and general structure of the individual chapters seemed to drag on forever, and while I was intrigued by the story, I did find myself wanting to stop and move onto another book on multiple occasions"
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- "My daughter loves new takes on old fairy tales, and recently we found this book. While it's fairly old, much of the book still feels fresh and exciting. My daughter had a lot of fun reading it, and even doodled pictures of the characters. Anyone interested in fairy tales would love this book."
- "Beauty has never liked her nickname. She is thin and awkward; it is her two sisters who are the beautiful ones. But what she lacks in appearance, she can perhaps make up for in courage. When her father comes home with a tale of an enchanted castle in the forest and the terrible promise he had to make to the Beast who lives there, Beauty knows she must travel to the castle, a prisoner of her own free will. Her father insists that he will not let her go, but she responds, “Cannot a Beast be tamed?” Newbery Medalist Robin McKinley’s beloved and acclaimed novel has been delighting readers for more than forty years. ALA Booklist called Beauty “A captivating novel.” “A reader feels as though it’s all unfolding for the very first time.”—The Guardian An ALA Notable Book for Children A Best Book for Young Adults"
- "The novel applies to pre-teen girls in many ways and they are likely to enjoy it. Alternately, I think some of the themes are a bit outdated compared to today's views on women."
- "Beauty is an iconic children's story and i believe will remain for generations to come. My children love it and listen to my narration with fastidious enthusiasm when I am reading to them. Recently, when the new movie starring Emma Watson was released, with no doubt and hesitation I took my whole family to the theater. I must say that even though the movie has good graphical presentations, without reading the book itself, one will not understand the real experience of imagining and living the story in his head. The joy of reading and contemplating about the Beauty and her struggle with the Beast is unexplainable. One should read for himself and get a sense of real joy"
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in What are the best books for teens"Though I've never read it, I've heard Beauty is a good book for young adults/teens and definitely grabs the attention of its reader. One slight issue may be the book's age; the topics teens are interested in have changed drastically over the past 24 years, and the subject matter may not be as relevant as it once was. That being said, the story is solid and the idea holds up, so I would recommend this book stay on the list. "