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La Princesa and the Pea

by Susan Middleton Elya

Other authors: Juana Martinez-Neal (Illustrator)

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"A rhyming twist on a classic fairy tale in which a queen places a pea under a young lady's mattress to see if she is truly a princess. Incorporates Spanish words and Includes a glossary"--

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Summary: Latinx spin to the classic tale of Princess and the Pea. The prince wants to marry this girl, but mom disagrees. The mom puts a test for the girl to see if she is the right one. The twist in the end is that the Prince helped the girl out to pass the test by putting pitchforks and stones under the bed without his mom knowing.
  Yuping | Oct 17, 2022 |
This book is a fun read and takes a twist on the story of the princess and the pea. The book does well depicting the culture of Peru through the illustrations and clothing the characters wear. I love the design created by the colored pencils and how the book includes words in Spanish. This would be a great read aloud for grades kindergarten to 3rd grade. ( )
  Sandra_Montes | Feb 15, 2022 |
The book was about a king that needed to find a queen, and eventually fell in love. Throughout the book, there were certain words that were in Spanish, and there was a dictionary to help with understanding the words. I would say that the book would be for intermediate age children, and used to share about diversity and the importance of family as well. ( )
  elliemulree | Feb 7, 2022 |
diverse picture book (English with some Spanish words sprinkled in -- fairytales; for preschoolers 3 and up)
* Prominently features diverse characters: yes, according to the illustrator (who grew up in Lima, Peru), the setting of the story is heavily inspired by the indiginous villagers of Huilloc, and their beautiful handwoven textiles. The characters (with the exception of one African princess) all have dark straight hair and brown/rosy complexions that I imagine would be common in a mountain village in Peru.
* Would work well for a preschool storytime (particularly the older kids who can sit through longer stories)--or as a one-on-one story for younger kids, though non-Spanish speakers will want to practice the Spanish words in advance. There is a glossary and pronunciation guide tucked into the beginning of the book to help. The Illustrations are lush, vibrant, and oozing with charm. The text is rhymey and sweet, and for kids who love princess stories (albeit one that ends with the happy couple bearing 20 kids) this should be a treat. ( )
  reader1009 | Jul 3, 2021 |
Primary- Intermediate audiences. Retold princess and the pea, imagery inspired by textiles of Huilloc, Peru. Won Pura Belpre award 2020.
  sarahcasimes | Feb 1, 2021 |
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