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The Very Smart Pea and the Princess-to-be

by Mini Grey

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From the pea's perspective.
The queen mother is all about peas, from her beady green eyes to her jewelry to her crown babushka. The prince is mild-mannered and bookish. The palace rooms are wallpapered in veggie motifs. The prince brings back polaroids of all the princesses he's met, some famous, others not.
The gardener's daughter is always busily working in the background until she seeks shelter in the palace one stormy night. The palace gardens glow with happiness and abundance.
Lovely take on the story. ( )
  2wonderY | Jul 17, 2014 |
A prince is looking for his princess. Who ever sleeps on the mattress and can feel the pea will be his princess.
  tina265 | Apr 22, 2014 |
The pea in this story takes on a great deal of responsibility. It's responsible for being able to separate the real princess from all of the fake ones. It's just like the classic story. The pea is set under all of those mattresses except you will be surprised at the end. The illustrations are wonderful and full of color and life. ( )
  roxygamboa | Sep 3, 2013 |
This book puts an interesting spin on the classic nursery rhyme "The Princess and the Pea". Grey's version of the story features an extraordinary pea who serves as the hero of this tale. The personified pea whispers a subliminal message about a large round uncomfortable thing to a sleeping farm girl all night long as she sleeps upon the 20 mattresses. In the morning the princess to be relays this message to the queen who then deems this girl the princess for her son. The central issues addressed in this book are identity and family pressures. This book would be appropriate for grades 1-3 as an example of creative writing.
  Kaberasturi | Sep 22, 2011 |
This book is a great example of a fantasy because the life of a pea is pictured like the life of a human. The pea can talk and walk and takes his job for the queen very seriously! It also sort of fits in with fairy tales because it goes right along with the fairy tale of the Princess and the Pea. The students will love this new take on the classic tale.
Characters: The Pea is the most important character in this story! He is the main character and without him this story would not have been able to be written. He is the one that ends up picking the prince's wife and saves the day. Also, without this brave little pea the story would not be a fantasy. :)
  bwetmore05 | Oct 18, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0375826262, Hardcover)

At last, the true story behind the Princess and the Pea! (Come on, did you really think a princess could feel a pea through 20 mattresses?) In this retelling of the classic fairy tale we're finally presented with the pea's-eye view. This fresh green perspective allows us to see that the tiny legume held lofty expectations from the early days in the pod. We also learn something we suspected all along--the whole thing went down a little differently than rumors held. (One can imagine a whole line of revisionist fairy tales recast from the eyes of crucial inanimates--the beanstalk, the glass slipper, the red riding hood.)

Grey's bright, whimsical illustrations will help distract readers from the text's choppy timeline and odd capitalization, and observant young viewers will spot early on a key player in the finale. Note: While the story may give kids a new respect for vegetables, we can't promise that means they'll start eating them. (Ages 4 to 8) --Brangien Davis

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The pea gives its own version of what happened in the fairy tale, "The Princess and the Pea," from the time of its birth in the Palace Garden until it helps arrange a royal marriage.

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