A brief, simple, yet graceful retelling of one of the most romantic of tales, with illustrations setting it in 18th-century France, where Mme. de Beaumont made her well-known adaptation. BreWs Beauty is elegant and fair; the Beast's garden formal and ornamented with statuary; the beast himself a man with the head of a wild boar but with eyes so kind that Beauty's affection for him is altogether plausible. His servants have also become animals; but their true selves are intriguingly revealed in wall-hung tapestries that show the same scenes with humans rather than animals, with comforting captions: ""Do not thrust to appearance""; ""Courage, Beauty."" A lovely, carefully made edition of an old favorite.