Monday, September 17, 2018

La Princesa and the Pea by Susan Middleton Elyr

 - Creative Retelling Of The Princess And The Pea -



This familiar fairy tale, with a few variants and a twist at the end, is told in rhyme with Spanish words included several times throughout the text. If your Spanish is rusty there is a glossary at the front of the book.

A note from the illustrator is included at the back of the book.

My Thoughts

What Concerned Me:  I wonder if young children are that familiar with most fairy tales. I think in this case it might be better to read the original story before reading this one since this doesn’t make everything that clear, probably perhaps because the story is limited to verse.

As an example, the reader doesn't have any idea why the mother put the pea under the mattress.

What I Liked Most:  The illustrations are based on various regions of Peru. The story could be used to learn a few Spanish words and to even guess the meaning before checking the glossary.

Author: Susan Middleton Elyr
Illustrator: Juana Martinez-Neal
Publisher:  G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers,  2017
3 STARS
  • Approx Words: 483
  • Ages: 4 - 8
  • Pages: 32

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