The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas

(2009)
The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas (2009)

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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