Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin MckinleyBeauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast by Robin Mckinley

Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the Beast

byRobin Mckinley

Paperback | July 26, 2005

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A strange imprisonment

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 looks, she can perhaps make up for in courage.

When her father comes home with the 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 go to the castle, a prisoner of her own free will. Her father protests that he will not let her go, but she answers, "Cannot a Beast be tamed?"

Robin McKinley's beloved telling illuminates the unusual love story of a most unlikely couple: Beauty and the Beast.

Robin McKinley's other books include the Newbery Award-winning The Hero and the Crown; Newbery Honor Book The Blue Sword; Sunshine; Spindle's End; Rose Daughter; Deerskin; The Outlaws of Sherwood; and the short story collections The Door in the Hedge; A Knot in the Grain and Other Stories; and, with her husband, the author Peter Dickin...
Title:Beauty: A Retelling of the Story of Beauty and the BeastFormat:PaperbackDimensions:336 pages, 6.75 × 4.19 × 0.84 inPublished:July 26, 2005Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0060753102

ISBN - 13:9780060753108

Appropriate for ages: 13 - 17


Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful McKinley always writes with a gentle magic (not to say "gentle" as in "kind", it's just not overwhelmingly loud). It's one you can believe might or has, truly existed. That's the charm of what she writes... you almost believe it has happened. This retelling is "real" rather than a fairy tale, like so many other fantasy stories. Even Disney liked it enough to incorporate parts of it into their cartoon :)
Date published: 2010-08-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Beauty by Robin McKinley I like that McKinley creates a realistic setting, although with magical elements, and real life problems for Beauty and her family to struggle through. The family has lived a charmed life until a string of bad luck reduces them to living on a very small farm, having to learn chores and to do for themselves. Beauty avoids the mirror and revels in being the tomboy she always has been at heart, thinking herself plain and mousy. She has courage to make a sacrifice for her family and in doing so discovers more about herself and what she desires out of life. She overcomes her timidity with the Beast and eventually realizes, like how she views herself, that one's heart and character on the inside is more important than what one looks like on the outside. There are many themes that young adults can relate to: courage, honor, working hard, sacrifice, true beauty, being humble and thankful, etc. What I found odd about the Beauty storyline was that it was not linear. McKinley would reference present events and then skip back to past events to explain and expound and then skip back to the present events. Seemed hodge podge when past events could have been all explained in a prologue. That said ... McKinley created interesting characters each with their own quirks. I guess I was expecting more content and fluidity to the writing and the numerous spelling mistakes were distracting. It was a bit difficult reading the first half of the book getting used to the abrupt sentence structure. Although if I think the writing style would suit pre-teen and teen readers well. Solidly young adult fiction although I would recommend anyone can read the story and enjoy it. My Rating: 3.5
Date published: 2009-08-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beauty is a wonderful book I have loved this story forever and a day. It is magic to me, the rose daughter was good but this retell is simply the best..
Date published: 2009-02-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A bit disappointing. After all the great reviews, I was a bit disappointed in this book. It was okay, but it was a lot more like the original story than I thought it was going to be. I was expecting something quite different. It was a quick read, so I only spent an afternoon on it. I would recommend it for tweens but not for adults.
Date published: 2007-11-22
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A little dissapointing My favourite fairy tale of all time is Beauty and the Beast, and for that reason I had to read this book. I skimmed the reviews on this website and on the book itself and thought it sounded good so I'll buy it. I can honestly say that the first half of the book put me to sleep, quite literally. It is so slow, I mean half the entire book is used up describing her boring family life! However as soon as Beauty arrived at the Beast's castle the book couldn't have ended faster. The second half of the book was fantastic and very entertaining. A book for a rainy day.
Date published: 2006-08-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Beautiful Retelling I was trying to fill out an order and was trying to find a different book by an author I hadn't yet tried. Then Beauty came up on a list. I was rather skeptical and yet curious, I loved Beauty and the Beast growing up. So I thought this might be a good read, and yet was slightly worried that it might be very weakly written since I didn't know the author, and perhaps ruin the story I had grown so fond of. But I soon found after I read it that I had nothing to fear, it's a fresh and great retelling of a classic. I enjoyed it immensely. The characters, the story, everything was written so well. I really couldn't put this book down till I had it completely finished. So if you are looking for a refreshing look at a timeless classic, I'd give Beauty a try. It won't disappoint.
Date published: 2006-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My favourite book! I first read this book in high school, and absolutely loved it. I have read it at least a dozen times since then. It is a lovely "Beauty and the Beast" novel. There is a trade paperback version with a cover that is geared towards pre-teens, but this book can definitely be enjoyed by adults!
Date published: 2006-06-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sheer Brilliance This is clearly the best book I have ever read. It's a beautiful story about a girl with low self esteem. Robin McKinley has written a beautiful story, that you almost fall in love with the Beast yourself! Highly, highly recommended.
Date published: 2006-05-30

Editorial Reviews

“A captivating novel.” (ALA Booklist)