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The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas

The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas

Tony Wilson
Illustrator:  Sue deGennaro 
Picture Book
For ages 5 to 7
Peachtree Publishers, 2012   ISBN: 978-1561456352

Henrik is a prince who is looking forward to falling in love and getting married. Being an “outdoorsy type,” Henrik wants to make sure that he finds a princess who would like to share his active lifestyle. Not being sure how to go about looking for a princess, Henrik asks his brother Hans for advice.

Hans tells Henrik that it is very important to make sure that one finds a genuine bona fide princess. The old pea-under-a-lot-of-mattresses trick will help Henrik to find the real deal. It is also important that the chosen princess be “very beautiful and very sensitive.”

Keen to see what a real princess is like, Henrik watches Hans’ wife Eva in action, and isn’t long before he figures out that “sensitive” princesses are not his cup of tea. He wants to marry someone who will share his interests, and who has “a nice smile.” How on earth is he supposed one go about looking for a someone like that?

Henrik, being a clever fellow, comes up with a test of his own. Potential wives are invited to sleep on a thin camping mattress in an old sleeping bag that has a packet of frozen peas under it. He hopes that this test will help him to find the perfect “unprincess.”

This clever take on The Princess and the Pea story is sure to appeal to girls who like playing outdoor games, camping, and being active. Here at last is a prince who appreciates girls who are interesting. Here at last is someone who is willing to flaunt convention to find a girl who will make him happy, rather than one who looks the part.

With an amusing story, a great main character, and delightful illustrations, this is a perfect princess story for the modern girl.