Beauty and the Beast by Jeanne-Marie Leprince de BeaumontVariants of the tale are known across Europe. According to researchers at universities in Durham and Lisbon , the story originated around 4, years ago. A widower merchant lives in a mansion with his twelve children six sons and six daughters. All his daughters are very beautiful, but the youngest, Beauty, is the most lovely, as well as kind, well-read, and pure of heart; while the elder sisters, in contrast, are cruel, selfish, vain, and spoiled. The merchant eventually loses all of his wealth in a tempest at sea, which sinks most of his merchant fleet. He and his children are consequently forced to live in a small cottage in a forest and work for a living.
Beauty and the Beast
The Beauty and the Beast (Illustrated with Interactive Elements)
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Independent Belle wants more out of life than her village can offer. But when her father is taken prisoner by a monstrous Beast, Belle's life is forever changed. Taking her father's place to set him free, she finds herself in the midst of a mysterious enchantment unlike anything she could ever have imagined. Join Belle on this unforgettable adventure as she tells her own story! Discover the secrets in the Beast's enchanted castle and explore this incredible world, all through Belle's perspective. Includes foldouts and flaps that reveal hidden surprises! She currently lives in Louisiana with her three cats, and spends her free time rescuing animals, collecting oddities, and looking for unicorns.