La Princesa and the Pea

  • Title: La Princesa and the Pea
  • Author: Susan Middleton Elyn
  • Illustrator: Juana Martinez-Neal
  • Publisher: C.P. Putnam’s Sons, an imprint of Penguin Random House
  • Publication year: 2017
  • Brief Summary: From Penguin Random House-” El  príncipe knows this girl is the one for him, but, as usual, his mother doesn’t agree.The queen has a secret test in mind to see if this girl is really a princesa, but the prince might just have a sneaky plan, too . . .Readers will be enchanted by this Latino twist on the classic story, and captivated by the vibrant art inspired by the culture of Peru.”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – This book includes Spanish words intermingled with the English words and a glossary in the back so that children can learn these words. I think this would be a great book to use for young children as they are learning English and learning “traditional” fairy tales. Pair this book when discussing the original fairy tale.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it – The note from the illustrator in the back of the book was fascinating as Martinez-Neal was inspired by the embroidery and weaving of the indigenous people of Peru. Many of the patterns and garb the la princesa and el principe are wearing are inspired by these people. While the story is still the “traditional” princess and the pea tale, at least there is some welcome differences in this version, like the Spanish words added into the story, and the illustrations really add to that diversity. My favorite illustration is the two-page spread of the family at the end, with all their children (as many as there were mattresses), and la reina happily cuddling her grandchildren.

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