Crane, Walter. Beauty and the Beast. London and New York: George Routledge and Sons, 1875.



Crane, Walter. Beauty and the Beast. London and New York: George Routledge and Sons, 1875.


Part of the Walter Crane’s Toy Books Shilling Series, this edition of Beauty and the Beast is a simplified tale with light colorful images that caters toward young readers. It is a very light and simple read with many magical and delightful elements. In this version, the prince is put under a spell by a magician and doomed to live as a beast, until a beautiful girl loves him despite his ugliness.

Alternative Title

Beauty and the Beast


Walter Crane


Walter Crane

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London and New York


England and US


George Routledge and Sons



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Beauty and the Beast


This tale is a simplified retelling of the Beauty and the Beast narrative arc. Beauty, despite her jealous sisters, finds happiness with a prince doomed to live as a beast. When her troubled merchant father goes on a journey, Beauty requests a rose. Unknowingly on the way back, he regrettably picks the prettiest rose in the Beast’s garden where the Beast threatens his life if the merchant doesn’t bring back one of his daughters. Beauty willingly goes to live in the Beast’s palace and gets treated like a queen (waited on by monkeys) and is asked every night if she will marry the Beast. After begging the Beast, Beauty is granted a ring which she can use to travel home carrying gifts and stay for 2 months. After awhile, and despite her brothers’ and father’s begging, she returns to the Beast who she finds dying on the ground in the garden. She confesses her love, breaking the magician’s spell, and Beauty and the Beast marry.


Jeanne-Marie LePrince de Beaumont


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