I had to share this book with you all. It is luminously illustrated by one of my favorite artists of all time, K Y Craft. (Yes, I bought this version of The Twelve Dancing Princesses for the art after reading the library’s copy.) Marianna Mayer’s retelling of the classic story really lends itself to being lovingly illustrated. I also enjoy that the youngest of the twelve princesses is named Elise.
For those of you that aren’t familiar with the story, I will attempt to quickly sum it up. The King’s twelve daughters are dancing their shoes to bits every night, and he can’t figure out where all this dancing is taking place. So, he proclaims that anyone that can find out where the princesses go at night may choose one for his wife. Princes come from far and wide, but they each disappear after their attempt to find out where the princesses go. Until, that is, Peter arrives at the castle to seek his fortune. He is no prince. Can he succeed where the others failed? I do love the story, but, oh, the art. It shines off the page at you. One of my goals in life is to make enough money to afford one of K. Y. Craft’s originals. Check out her website to see what I mean. Or, better yet, go directly to your local library to see the book for yourself.