Donna Jo, 1948-
New York : Athenaeum Books
for Young Readers, 2000.
IL 5-8, RL 6.8
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,
Iran -- Fiction.
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