One sunny day Tiana Torres
, age 4
, was strolling through a park in Perth Amboy,
. Beautiful red roses were blooming all around her. The roses reminded
of the story Jaleel, Kiara, and Elijah
had once read to her. The story was about a
handsome prince who was turned into an ugly Beast because he was so mean and selfish.
While gazing at one rose, Tiana
instantly found herself inside a mysterious castle
courtyard. From a distance, Tiana
could see Beauty pick a lovely rose blossom.
Suddenly, a frightening voice roared loudly, "Beauty, I will punish you for stealing that
rose from my garden. You must now stay in my castle forever!"
A huge Beast appeared and ordered Beauty to be locked in the highest tower. It was an
elegant room filled with gowns and treasures fit for a queen.
"I'm so sad," wept Beauty, "I will never see my family again!"
heard Beauty crying and in a snap was in the tower room next to Beauty.
whispered, "Do not cry, Beauty. I am your friend and will help you find true
That evening, the Beast asked Beauty to join him for dinner. Tiana
told Beauty to join
him for dinner. Tiana
told Beauty to accept the Beast's kind offer, and she did.
At dinner Beauty was so unhappy she said, "You are so ugly that I cannot eat."
Outraged by her ungratefulness, the Beast raised his giant claws and stomped away in
remembered that Jaleel, Kiara, and Elijah
had told her to be kind to others. So
suggested to Beauty to make friends with the Beast.
Beauty agreed, saying, "I have an idea. I will join the Beast in the garden and read
stories to him."
In time Beauty and the Beast became very good friends.
One day the Beast allowed Beauty to see her family through a magic mirror. Tears
came to the eyes of the homesick Beauty.
The Beast could not bear to see Beauty so unhappy and immediately sent her home on
a mighty stallion. Beauty was very glad to be home again.
One day Tiana
came to visit Beauty. She brought the magic mirror and said," Beauty,
the Beast is dying and only you can save him."
Beauty gasped when she saw the sick Beast and cried out, "I cannot allow the Beast to
die. I must go to save him."
Beauty left her home and raced toward the castle on the mighty stallion. All the forest
animals watched, hoping Beauty would arrive in time to save the Beast.
Beauty entered the castle gates and found the Beast lying limp and motionless in the
Beauty held the dying Beast in her arms. She touched her lips against his and
whispered, "Please do not die, my Beast. I love you."
Magically, the Beast faded away and a handsome prince appeared in his place.
cheered, "Hooray! Hooray! Beauty, you broke the magic spell."
The happy couple said, "Tiana
, thanks to you we have found true happiness. Please
stay with us forever."
replied, "I promise to visit you again, but I must return to my home in Perth
Amboy, New Jersey
waved good-bye she thought, "I can't wait to tell Jaleel, Kiara, and Elijah
about my adventure with Beauty and the Beast."