BEAUTY AND THE BEAST by Philippa Pearce
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BEAUTY AND THE BEAST

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For Philippa Pearce's graceful retelling of the romantic 18th-century fairy tale, theatrical designer Barrett provides an atmospheric ultra-romantic 18th-century setting that reverberates with mystery. The words appear on mottled, deeply shaded pages that match the elusive facing scene in which background prevails over action and everything -- the elegant palace and enchanted garden, the impalpable but gruesome ranged beast -- is seen through a mist, in shadow, or in distancing cameo frames. And if the aura is ethereal, the scholarship is solid; the author appends three pages of source notes we would like to see emulated in all adaptations of old tales. A beauty.
Pub Date: Oct. 20th, 1972
ISBN: 0750019972
Page count: 31pp
Publisher: T.Y. Crowell
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Kirkus Reviews Issue: Oct. 1st, 1972




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