By Marjane Satrapi
Archaia Entertainment, 2010
Rose is one of three daughters of a rich merchant who always brings gifts for his girls from the market. One day Rose asks for the seed of a blue bean, but he fails to find one for her. She lets out a sigh in resignation, and her sigh attracts the Sigh, a mysterious being that brings the seed she desired to the merchant. But every debt has to be paid, and every gift has a price, and the Sigh returns a year later to take the merchant’s daughter to a secret and distant palace.
I stumbled across this book at work. I had no idea what to expect. I checked it out based on the author alone. I have read The Complete Persepolis more than once for classes in school, and was interested to see what her other work was like. This one was different because it was for children, it wasn't a memoir and it wasn't a graphic novel (but it still had illustrations, of course.)
The story was beautiful and fantastic. I don't know if this is a traditional fairy tale or if it's one that she made up, but it was wonderful to read. The best part about it was that the story turned into three or so smaller stories, and they all came together at the end. It was different from other fairy tales that I have read, which was refreshing. The closest fairy tale was probably Beauty and the Beast. It took no time to read, and I highly recommend it!