Classical Kids Storytime: 'Beauty and the Beast'

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Belle dreams that she is dancing with the Beast in Classical Kids Storytime's 'Beauty and the Beast.' Nancy Carlson for MPR
21min 46sec : Classical Kids Storytime: Beauty and the Beast

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Disney pitched Beauty and the Beast as a "tale as old as time," but we're retelling the 18th-century French story with a classical twist as the latest episode of Classical Kids Storytime — featuring music by great French composers and enchanting illustrations by Nancy Carlson.

Follow along as the charming Belle must rescue her father from the clutches of the vengeful Beast, only to find true love. Listen now!

(See more of Carlson's illustrations in the gallery.)

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Our telling of Beauty and the Beast includes excerpts from the following works:

Claude Debussy: Printemps (Spring)
Lyon National Orchestra, Jun Markl
Naxos 509002

Debussy: Images for Orchestra
Belgian Radio & Television Orchestra, Alexander Rahbari
Naxos 550505

Debussy: Nocturnes: "Fetes" ("Festivals")
Belgian Radio & Television Orchestra, Alexander Rahbari
Naxos 550262

Gabriel Faure: Dolly Suite
RTE Sinfonietta, John Georgiadis
Naxos 553360

Maurice Ravel: Daphnis and Chloe, Suite No. 2: "Sunrise"
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Kenneth Jean
Naxos 556789

Ravel: Mother Goose Suite: "Conversation of Beauty and the Beast"
Slovak Radio Symphony Orchestra, Kenneth Jean
Naxos 550173

Camille Saint-Saens: Caprice-Valse (Wedding Cake)
Malmo Symphony Orchestra, Marc Soustrot; Romain Descharmes, piano
Naxos 573477

Courtesy of Naxos of America Inc.

Credits

Storyteller: Valerie Kahler (with Steve Seel and Bill Morelock)
Story: Adapted by Steve Seel and Valerie Kahler from La Belle et la Bête (1740), by Gabrielle-Suzanne Barbot de Villeneuve)
Illustrations: Nancy Carlson
Producer: Valerie Kahler
Digital producer: Seiji Cataldo
Senior digital producer: Randy Salas
Program director: Julie Amacher

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Belle and her father, Pierre, lived a quiet, comfortable life in a small but homey cottage. Nancy Carlson for MPR
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Every few weeks, Belle's father would climb on his horse and ride to the next village to deal with business. Nancy Carlson for MPR
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Pierre had made the journey a thousand times, but the dark, moonless night turned all the familiar landmarks into strange scary shapes. Nancy Carlson for MPR
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Pierre was just about to fall out of the saddle from sheer exhaustion when he saw a light ahead. Nancy Carlson for MPR
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Inside the castle, Pierre found a huge banquet laid out on a giant dinner table. Nancy Carlson for MPR
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Suddenly, Pierre heard a terrifying, angry roar. Nancy Carlson for MPR
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The Beast wrote a note for Belle: "I have your thief father. Come if you wish to negotiate his release." Nancy Carlson for MPR
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Belle quickly read the note. "Thief? Father? Impossible!" Nancy Carlson for MPR
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As Belle and the Beast sat down before the meal, the Beast held out his hand -- and a beautiful rose suddenly appeared in his palm. Nancy Carlson for MPR
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The Beast held out his hand, and suddenly within it there appeared a ring. Nancy Carlson for MPR
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In her dream, Belle found herself dancing with someone -- the Beast. Nancy Carlson for MPR
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Belle's thoughts continued to return, over and over again, to the Beast. Nancy Carlson for MPR
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The Beast looked very weak and fell from his chair onto the floor. Nancy Carlson for MPR
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The Beast slowly transformed into the prince of the dreams that Belle had experienced every night when she lived in the castle. Nancy Carlson for MPR
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Belle and her Prince lived happily ever after. Nancy Carlson for MPR