Once upon a time, there was a young girl named Belle who wanted nothing more than to fight pirates… or be a princess… or explore magical underwater cities. Belle wanted to go wherever her books could take her. Her favorite spot to begin such adventures was in the garden, nestled among the roses. Inspired by Villeneuve’s original fairy tale as well as the true story of Petrus Gonsalvus, Fichter’s retelling of Beauty and the Beast marries fact with fiction in an all-new fairy tale twist, mesmerizing children and adults as they read this mysterious tale of love and friendship time and time again. Likewise, Paavo’s whimsical watercolor illustrations bring this beloved tale to life as Beauty embarks on her hero’s journey in this timeless tale of truth, redemption, and love. Buy Beauty and the Beast today to create new memories with your child and rediscover the magic all over again.