Beauty and the Beast
Written by Michael Morpurgo
Illustrated by Loretta Schauer
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Award-winning Michael Morpurgo gives a fresh and lively retelling of this classic fairy story of how a generous-hearted girl gives herself to a monster only to find that he is not so monstrous after all… Loretta Schauer, winner of the 2012 Waterstones Picture This competition, brings the story to life for a contemporary audience.
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Beauty and the Beast by Michael Morpurgo
After encountering a fearsome beast at a mysterious palace, down-on-his-luck merchant Marco is forced to make a promise in exchange for his life: he must persuade one of his three daughters to return to the palace in his place - but she must come of her own free will. Beautiful, kind-hearted Belle agrees at once to return to the palace, and there she and the Beast exist companionably, with the Beast asking of Belle the same question at the end of each day: Dearest Belle, will you marry me? After a return home to consult with her father, Belle resolves to follow her heart and return to the Beast, but her plans are thwarted by the trickery of her jealous sisters. When, at last, Belle is able to find her way back to the palace, she finds her beloved Beast lying as still as death on the ground. As Belle's tears fall on his face, the Beast is transformed into a handsome prince - the ancient spell upon him broken by Belle's tears of true love...
Praise for Michael Morpurgo:
Michael Morpurgo writes brilliantly about war and animals, conveying the big emotions without preaching. - The Guardian
Champagne quality over a wide range of subjects. - Daily Telegraph
There are few children's writers as compelling as Michael Morpurgo. - Daily Express
Morpurgo's gift is to make this long-ago world of danger and heartbreak accessible without ever patronising his young readers. - Sunday Mercury
Morpurgo, as always, is subtle and skillful, and incorporates social and moral issues into his writing without being self-righteous or detracting from the quality of the narrative Elizabeth Reilly - British Council
The former children's laureate has the happy knack of speaking to both child and adult readers. -The Guardian
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