Saturday, March 31, 2012

Twelve Dancing Princesses

Twelve Dancing Princesses
Retold and illustrated by Brigette Barrager
Chronicle Books, 2011. Unpaged. Picture book.

The traditional story of the Twelve Dancing Princesses is told yet again--but this is my favorite picture book version to date. Written in a more accessible format than some other options, this book is perhaps a more appealing, lighter retelling of the classic fairy tale. The illustrations, however, really make this book shine. Digitally drawn in a lovely 50s retro-modern style, the pictures feel like a nod to the beloved Mary Blair's work, made fresh and new. I was completely charmed by the illustrations and could look at them again and again! This is a gorgeous rendition of an old tale.

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