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5 Beautiful Versions of ‘Beauty and the Beast’

In honor of the recent release of Disney’s live action Beauty and the Beast, I want to highlight a few of the children’s books based on that fairy tale. Though dozens of interpretations of the story exist, these are a few of my favorites. They feature amazing artwork and manage to capture the spirit of the story regardless of where the authors choose to set it.

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Beauty and the Beast by Yeshil Kim, illustrated by Gabriel Pacheco*

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Beauty and the Beast by Max Eilenberg, illustrated by Angela Barrett

Beauty and the Beast by Max Eilenberg Cover

Beauty and the Beast by Max Eilenberg Page

Beauty and the Beast by H. Chuku Lee, illustrated by Pat Cummings

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Beauty and the Beast Lee page

Beauty and the Beast by Marianna Mayer, illustrated by Mercer Mayer

Beauty and the Beast by Marianna Mayer

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Beauty and the Beast by Marie LePrince de Beaumont, translated by Richard Howard, illustrated by Hilary Knight

Beauty and the Beast by Knight Cover.jpg

Beauty and the Beast by Knight.jpg

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*I can no longer find anyone who is selling this version. If you know of an online store that is selling it, please share, and I’ll link to it.

 

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24 thoughts on “5 Beautiful Versions of ‘Beauty and the Beast’

  1. I’ve always loved the Mercer Mayer version. I believe he illustrated Little Red Riding Hood, too. Tried to go see the movie this weekend-sold out. Still, nothing beats the book! Have you gone to Abe Books? They are known for their selection of out-of-print books.

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    1. I haven’t made it to see the film either! The queue to get into the theater was ridiculous last weekend, but hopefully I’ll be able to catch it soon.

      And Abe Books is a great suggestion for finding tricky tales. Off to investigate now.

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  2. Great minds think alike and everyone is writing some variation of “we all love Beauty and the Beast and need the slightest excuse to write about it” posts! I’m most familiar with the Mayer version, but will need to check out these others asap!

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