Monday, July 8, 2013

The Very Smart Pea and the Princess-To-Be by Mini Grey


In this retelling or alternate version of “The Princess and the Pea” we are treated to the pea’s version of events.  The pea recalls being grown in the palace garden and then brought to the palace.  Instead of being part of a salad though the pea was taken by the queen and put under twenty mattresses and feather beds.  The queen was tired of waiting for the thirty four year old prince to find a wife so she decided to conduct a test.  Unfortunately, even if the princesses did feel the pea they were too polite to say so.  One night, the gardener arrived at the palace.  The pea recognized the gardener’s snores and spoke in the gardener’s ears all night telling her how uncomfortable she was.  In the morning the gardener honestly answered the queen when asked how she slept.  Then, of course, the prince married the gardener and they lived happily ever after.  The pea was put on display.

This was a very clever retelling.  I love alternate versions of fairytales and this one also utilizes an alternate point of view which lends itself to some fun lessons.



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