The Twelve Dancing Princesses

K. Y. Craft, Illustrator, Marianna Mayer, As Told by
K. Y. Craft, Illustrator, Marianna Mayer, As Told by Morrow Junior Books $17.99 (0p) ISBN 978-0-688-08051-8
Reviewed on: 03/22/1989
Release date: 03/01/1989
Craft's richly hued illustrations create a magical setting for Mayer's polished version of this romantic fairy tale. The story centers on the mysterious enchantment to which the King's 12 daughters have fallen prey: although locked in their bedchamber at night, each morning they emerge pale and tired, with their satin dancing slippers worn through. It is Peter, a humble gardener, who succeeds where dozens of princes have failed, eventually breaking the spell that has bound them. With skillful use of lighting, texture and detail and a fine sense of mood, Craft captures both the regal opulence of the King's court and the shimmery, ethereal beauty of the subterranean world of the all-night dancing, resulting in a lavish feast for the eyes and the imagination. All ages. (Mar.)
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