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Napoli, Donna Jo, 1948-
New York : Athenaeum Books for Young Readers, 2000.
IL 5-8, RL 6.8
ISBN 0689835892
It seems that most versions of Beauty and the Beast focus on Beauty.  Donna Jo Napoli recounts the fairy tale from the point of view of the beast.  The story reveals how young Prince Orasmyn of Persia came to be cursed and turned into the beast.  We follow the beast first to India, then to France. It takes time for him to learn to be a lion while still holding on to his humanity.  He has to overcome some of his religious training in order to eat as a lion.  Only the love of a woman will release Orasmyn from the curse. But where can he find a woman who will not fear him?  (Mary Huebscher, Librarian, Holy Cross of San Antonio, San Antonio, TX

SUBJECTS:     Fairy tales.
                        Iran -- Fiction.


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