La Princesa and the Pea

Susan Middleton Elya
The Princess and the Pea gets a fresh twist in this charming bilingual retelling. 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.


Reviewed: 2020-12-01

Dive into the vibrant world of Peru and follow the charming rhymes of La Princesa and the Pea by Susan Middleton Elya! “There once was a prince who wanted a wife,/but not any niña would do in his life.” The prince is lonely, but his picky mother has high standards.  She decides that only a queen would feel a pea under twenty mattresses. The clever prince has a trick up his sleeve in this Latino twist on a classic fairy tale. Will his love pass the test? Juana Martinez-Neal makes the characters come alive using graphite, bright acrylics, and colored pencil. This book comes equipped with a glossary and pronunciation for the Spanish words mixed into the text. I would highly recommend it to parents and educators who want a fun way to integrate the language and clothing of other cultures. Submitted by: Maggie D.

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#laprincesaandthe... a great, bilingual retelling of this classic fairytale with the richness of Peruvian culture. So colorful and sweet
#laprincesaandthe... La Princesa and the Pea were 2018 winners of the Pura Belpré Illustrator Award and Author Award. I loved the original.