The Princess and the Pea by Lauren Child and captured by Polly Borland

Here we have another retelling of a well-known traditional tale but retold in a way that refreshes the story.

When the Prince comes of age his parents decide that he must do his Princely duty and marry. Although he agrees, the Prince lays down his expectations, whoever he marries has to be interesting. His parents have other ideas, as far as they are concerned his wife must have all the qualities of a traditional princess. Unfortunately the princesses who are invited to a ball not meet the Prince’s requirements. This is a modern prince who does not just rely on a proclamation, but, goes out traveling far and wide to find his princess but without success. He came to accept what his parents had said, that, not only don’t princess open their mail but that you had to wait for them to come to you.

All is not lost. Late at night, in a near-by treetop house, a young girl wakes and decides to go out to look at the moon. Fascinated by it she decides to try and look at it from the other side of a hill to see if it was more beautiful from there (Stepping on a pile of letters as she left her garden). Disaster struck and she gets caught in a rain storm and is forced to take shelter at the nearest dwelling, the castle. Where, the queen who has been forced to get up to greet this unwanted guest puts her to bed, in a bed that has many mattresses with a pea at the bottom.  At breakfast, good manners prevent the young girl from passing comment about the bruises she had sustained because of the pea. But, the Prince is smitten and declares his love for this extraordinary girl. His parents also voice their approval because the Queen had noticed that she fitted their criteria of a real princess, she had good manners and was easily bruised by sleeping on a pea buried at the bottom of a deep pile mattresses. So, as in all good fairy tales they lived happily ever after.


About booksfrommybookshelf

I am a passionate reader of children's books (Primary aged) with a particular interest in picture books. I am always on the look out for children's books at are written by authors from other countries. I am also keen on technology and try to keep abreast of what is happening in a fast changing world. At present my day job is to support teachers and local authorities in the Yorkshire and Humber region (UK), which I really enjoy. Another aspect of my work is to present nationally developed work for the National Strategies. With economic cuts my job will terminate in Spring next year and I may be carrying out independent work based around high quality picture books. My other interest include my allotment, knitting and last but not least my family. My Twitter name is Orlama.
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