Do you know that some of our favorite fairy tales have been inspired by stories of horror? In earlier times these stories were meant as lessons. Next time you finish reading or watching your favorite, think about how the telling affects its audience? Universal classics are just that because they have been told and retold from generation to generation.
Book: Dark Tales, Beauty and the Beast, a Modern Retelling
Author: Jeanne-Marie Leprince
Illustrator: Pete Katz
Paperback: 128 pages
Publisher: Canterbury Classics (2018)
Genre: Juvenile fiction
Ages: 11-18; grades 6-12
This modern retelling of the classic fairy tale of Beauty and the Beast is told here in a graphic novel format. More than 100 pages of illustrated action, adventure, and love teach a lesson to look beyond the surface and learn to love what’s underneath. A merchant takes shelter in a castle during a thunderstorm, and ends up striking a bargain with its beastly master. His youngest daughter, Beauty, returns to the castle to live in exchange for a restoration of the family’s previous wealth. Beauty befriends Beast, but longs to see her family again. He allows her to visit her former home, but when she doesn’t return at the designated time, consequences ensue.
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