Beauty and the Beast was a special Disney movie for me. How could a future librarian not enjoy a story about a book collection bringing two unlikely characters together?
I’ve talked to a number of patrons in the past few days who are very excited about the new live action version of the movie starring Emma Watson. Hermione is definitely a factor. For those fans, I would like to bring a little-known DVD to your attention:
Ballet Shoes was a BBC TV movie based on a book by the same name by Noel Streatfeild. Three adopted sisters pursue careers in ballet, acting, and aviation. The book was originally published in the 1930s, but remains a favorite and is still in print today.
Beauty and the Beast also came out about the time that I discovered Robin McKinley, who writes wonderful fantasy novels with strong female characters. Her book Beauty is an older title but still a great choice for an older kid or young teen.