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The Charming Gift: Belle    by Ellie O'Ryan & et al order for
Charming Gift
by Ellie O'Ryan
Order:  USA  Can
Disney, 2012 (2012)
Paperback, e-Book
* * *   Reviewed by Jessica Maguire

Join Belle and her friends as they prepare for the winter ball at the castle. Although Belle is excited about the extravagant ball, she is reminded of her loneliness as her gown is prepared and she chooses her jewelry. Choosing jewelry to complement her gown, Belle is reminded of the special charm bracelet that her father made for her and that she no longer has.

To curb Belle's loneliness and to show her that she truly does have friends, the enchanted objects, Mrs. Potts, Chip, Lumiere, Cogsworth, and even the Beast, set out to make a charm bracelet just like the one Belle used to have. Trying to finish the bracelet before the ball begins, the enchanted objects run into many obstacles. Will they be able to finish the bracelet in time to present it to Belle before the ball?

Young readers, ages seven to eight years old, will enjoy the lovely illustrations (by Elisabetta Melaranci, Chun Liu, and Gabriella Matta) as they read through the chapters. This latest installment of the Disney Princess collection is 'a charming way to welcome winter ... and to celebrate friendships old and new.' So, grab a cup of hot cocoa and curl up with this book for a winter afternoon of fun and friendship!

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