About the Book
After encountering a fearsome beast at a mysteriouspalace, down-on-his-luck merchant Marco is forcedto make a promise in exchange for his life: he mustpersuade one of his three daughters to return to the palace inhis place - but she must come of her own free will. Beautiful,kind-hearted Belle agrees at once to return to the palace, andthere she and the Beast exist companionably, with the Beastasking of Belle the same question at the end of each day:"Dearest Belle, will you marry me?"
After a return home to consult with her father, Belle resolvesto follow her heart and return to the Beast, but her plans are thwarted by the trickery ofher jealous sisters. When, at last, Belle is able to find her way back to the palace, she findsher beloved Beast lying as still as death on the ground. As Belle's tears fall on his face,the Beast is transformed into a handsome prince - the ancient spell upon him broken byBelle's tears of true love...
About the author
Michael Morpurgo MBE is one of Britain's best-loved writers for children. He has written over 100 books and won many prizes. His bestselling novels include Shadow, An Elephant in the Garden and Born to Run. Michael's stories have been adapted numerous times for stage and screen, most recently with the phenomenally successful National Theatre production of War Horse, playing on Broadway. The story is now a major film directed by Steven Spielberg.