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A retelling of Beauty and the Beast, set against the backdrop of the Smoky Mountains, follows the story of Nell, a beautiful and industrious young woman captured by a huge beast, who is really a bewitched young man forced to live half his time as an animal.
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Kindergarten-Grade 3-Snowbear Whittington is the traditional "Beauty and the Beast" tale retold with slight Appalachian mountain variations, including a large white bear instead of a "beast" and Christmas roses for the plucked flower that starts off the chain of events. Lisi has added such regional trappings as quilts, dulcimers, homespun clothing, and baskets. Endpapers capture the blue beauty of the mountains first in winter and then in spring. The straightforward text appears in a free-verse format on double pages, which alternate with double-spread paintings. The illustrator has chosen a romanticized, realistic style that features beautiful people, with bear motifs, Christmas roses, and doves used symbolically. The animals are realistically rendered and believable while the human characters have vacant expressions that detract from their appeal. Libraries that already own Marianna Mayer's (Macmillan, 1984) or Michael Hague's (Holt, 1991) romantic versions of Beauty and the Beast may consider this one an additional purchase.
Barbara Chatton, College of Education, University of Wyoming, Laramie
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Ages 6-9. This picture book for older readers is sometimes reminiscent of the often-rendered story "East o' the Sun and West o' the Moon." In the Great Smoky Mountains, a father picking Christmas roses for his youngest daughter, Nell, runs afoul of a large white bear. To save her father, Nell agrees to travel to the bear's castle, where she discovers that her host, Snowbear Whittington, is really a handsome young man under a witch's spell. Lisi's watercolors have a classic fairy-tale feel to them, but the figures, though technically well rendered, seem posed and stiff, and the faces (especially Nell's) lack expression. Hooks' retelling, however, is handled nicely enough to lend itself to both storytelling and reading aloud, and the classically romantic presentation may even attract middle-grade girls. Janice Del Negro
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Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Pu, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P110027443558
Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1994. Hardcover. Condition: New. Seller Inventory # DADAX0027443558
Book Description Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing, 1994. Condition: New. Victoria Lisi (illustrator). book. Seller Inventory # M0027443558