Article Title

Beauty and the Beast


Carlie Smith


Outstanding, Toddler, Preschool, Primary, Mahlon F. Craft, Kinuko Y. Craft, Fairy Tale, Beauty And The Beast, Princess, Magic, Fairy, Picture Book

Document Type

Book Review


This rendition of Beauty and the Beast by Mahlon Craft features elements of other retellings that may not be as familiar to readers. Beauty’s relationship with her two sisters is explored in depth, and it is their selfishness that causes her to nearly lose the Beast. He has a softer heart and better intentions than other incarnations of the character. His imprisonment in the Beast’s body is because of a mischievous fairy rather than his own wickedness. The traditional patterns of the rose luring in the merchant father, Beauty’s self-sacrifice, the charm of the Beast, and the power of true-love’s kiss in a magical castle are all generously described. The story is as enchanting as the first time you may have read this tale.