Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Cupid and Psyche by M. Charlotte Craft and Kinuko Y. Craft

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Cupid and Psyche by M. Charlotte Craft (Author) and Kinuko Y. Craft (Illustrator) is one of the Beauty and the Beast fairy tale titles still in print. There aren't many picture books of Cupid and Psyche to be found and this is a gorgeous option with Kinuko Craft's artwork. I've discussed the tale repeatedly here and its influence and importance in the ancestry of Beauty and the Beast. So I'll just sit back and let you enjoy the pictures today.

Book description:

Psyche is the most beautiful woman in the world, yet the oracle at Delphi foresees she will fall in love with a creature feared even by the gods themselves.

Magically, Psyche finds herself in a magnificent castle fitted with sweet music, attentive servants, and a charming but invisible host. Soon she falls in love with this man she has never seen, but in a moment of doubt she betrays his trust. To win back his love, Psyche must show that she is as brave as she is beautiful by performing three impossible tasks.

Perhaps the greatest love story of all, Cupid and Psyche is unsurpassed in its richness and drama. Marie Craft's lively, suspenseful retelling of this classic Greek myth will appeal to young and old alike. And these legendary lovers have inspired forty lush luminous paintings by award-winning artist Kinuko Craft.

Lavishly illustrated and thrillingly told, here is a book to be treasured forever.

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