Cover image for La princesa and the pea / Susan Middleton Elya ; illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal.
La princesa and the pea / Susan Middleton Elya ; illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal.
Title Variants:
Andersen, H. C.

Prindsessen paa ærten.
Publication Information:
New York, New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2017]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
"A rhyming twist on a classic fairy tale in which a queen places a pea under a young lady's mattress to see if she is truly a princess. Incorporates Spanish words and Includes a glossary"-- Provided by publisher.


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398.209489 ELY Book Junior Collection
398.209489 ELY Book Junior Collection

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

El prYncipe 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.

Author Notes

Susan Middleton Elya is the author of many books that cleverly incorporate Spanish vocabulary into lively verse, including La Madre Goose- Nursery Rhymes for Los Ni os , illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal, Little Roja Riding Hood , illustrated by Susan Guevara, and Oh No, Gotta Go! , illustrated by G. Brian Karas. Her writing has been described as oPerfect for bilingual classes stretching their English wings and a charming way to introduce Spanish to English speakerso ( Kirkus Reviews , starred review).
Juana Martinez-Neal grew up and studied painting in Lima, Peru, and now lives with her family in Scottsdale, Arizona. Her illustrations for this book were inspired by the culture and arts of the indigenous people of Huilloc and Colca Canyon, Peru.

Reviews 1

Horn Book Review

This rhymed retelling of the classic Hans Christian Andersen tale incorporates a plethora of Spanish words and phrases; the illustrations--created with acrylics, colored pencils, and graphite on handmade paper--set the story in Peru, with clothing and other textiles inspired by those of several different Indigenous Peruvian communities. Both text and art emit much energy and humor. Glos. (c) Copyright 2018. The Horn Book, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.