The Very Smart Pea and the Princess-To-Be Paperback – 11 Oct 2011
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"A rib-tickling U.S. debut for Grey, with plenty of sight gags to complement the chatty narrative."--"Kirkus Reviews"
""The Very Smart Pea and the Princess-to-Be" delivers an entertaining spin and a great deal of visual wit."--"The Horn Book"
A rib-tickling U.S. debut for Grey, with plenty of sight gags to complement the chatty narrative. "Kirkus Reviews"
"The Very Smart Pea and the Princess-to-Be" delivers an entertaining spin and a great deal of visual wit. "The Horn Book""
About the Author
Mini Grey was given her name after being born in a Mini Cooper automobile in Wales. She studied art and then worked as a theater designer and elementary school teacher before devoting full time to writing and illustrating picture books. In addition to "The Very Smart Pea and the Princess-to-be" she is also the author of the wildly popular "Traction Man is Here!" and "Traction Man Meets Turbodog."
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The storyline is clever: the tale of the princess and the pea, as told from the pea's perspective. We learn about a prince who just can't seem to find the right princess (even when threatened with having his allowance withheld), the very polite princesses who sleep like babies on the multiple-mattressed bed, the pea's resolution to "do something!" and what comes of it.
The charming illustrations add to the attraction: vegetables of various sorts adorn the walls; even the queen's eyes are made of peas; and the front and back inside covers detail the "before" and "after" scenes in the palace garden.
While my daughter enjoys this book at age 2, I know that older children would be delighted, as well. A beginning reader could probably master the text after a few times through with help; in addition, the notion of telling a fairy tale from the perspective of some lesser character is one which could be used as a creative writing exercise in the early grades.
As for me, I will be on the lookout for more gems from Mini Grey!
This is the well known story of the Princess and the Pea, but narrated now by the never-before-heard-from Pea. This super special veggie was born in the Palace Garden, where she was privy to hearing all the palace secrets. While the pea is growing on her vine, the Queen is nagging her son the Prince to find a bride and settle down. She gives him one year to complete his task, or his allowance will be revoked. Her threat is quite motivating and the Prince enters the dating pool.
None of the girls he meets are quite right. Too loud, too scruffy, too sleepy, too scary, too tidy, too pink, or too grumpy. The Queen has had it. She stalks into the kitchen, snatches a pea from a bowl and announces the prince will marry the first girl who can feel the tiny vegetable as she sleeps. And that is how the pea spends the next few months crammed under a pile of twenty mattresses and feather beds and a princess. Although the princesses might find the set-up extremely odd, they would never admit that to the Queen.
One night, the gardener who raised the Pea finds herself trying to sleep-balance on the towering stack. The Pea keeps her up all night, making the bed as uncomfortable as possible. Upon hearing of her restless night, the Queen declares the gardener to be the perfect bride (even if she does wear overalls to her wedding) thanks to the little pea. The married couple lived happily after ever, creating beautiful gardens with the Prince's allowance.
I love the way Grey works in all the vegetable details through the book. The Queen's bright green eyes look exactly like fresh peas, and the castle wallpaper is printed with rows of cascading carrots, leeks and peppers. One set of curtains is printed with strawberries and other with avocados. Even the stack of mattresses looks like a stacked sandwich with blankets that strongly resemble slices of tomato, onion, and lettuce.
The gardener is visible through the window working away in the background on several different pages. It gives the reader the impression that the Prince's true love is right outside his window .... if only he were to notice. All the fun details make this an updated tale that you won't want to miss.
A lovely tale for male or females, this book has enchanting illustration that draw the reader in to the plight of the pea.