The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas
This fractured version of "The Princess and the Pea" stars Prince Henrik, who is ready to get married. He wants a girl who likes hockey and camping, plus has a nice smile. He asks his brother, Prince Hans, for advice, and observes his sister-in-law Princess Eva, a sensitive (read: whiny) princess. Henrik decides he wants the very opposite of Princess Eva, and performs the opposite of the typical princess test by putting a full bag of frozen peas under a thin mattress. Many girls do not pass the test, until Henrik discovers how wonderful an old friend is -- instead of complaining about the peas, she found a clever use for them. This book is recommended for all would-be princesses. If you haven't already, read the original story first in order to guarantee that you and/or your child will understand why the story is funny. (My personal favorite version of the original is the title illustrated by Rachel Isadora).
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