The Princess and the Pea

The Princess and the Pea

5.0 1
by Harriet Ziefert, Emily Bolam

View All Available Formats & Editions

See more details below

  • Checkmark Peanut Butter & Cupcake Only $7.99 with the Purchase of Any Kids' Book  Shop Now

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal - School Library Journal
K-Gr 1These tales lend themselves well to very simple retellings. In the adaptation of the Andersen story, the prince and his dilemma are presented on page one: "There once was a prince, who wanted to marry a princess. But she had to be a real princess." He looks at many young women on the next four pages. During a rainstorm the royal family meets another "princess," and the rest is history. The pea is "saved for ever and ever." Bolam's illustrations are simple, uncluttered, and brightly colored. They're also funny. In Janet Stevens's adaptation (Holiday, 1982), more time is spent searching for the princess and explaining why certain candidates are not acceptable. The mood is entirely different because all of Stevens's characters are animals, the colors are all pastels, and more detail is given in each illustration. As in other versions of The Turnip, the vegetable grows until it is too big for the old man to pull up. He gets help from the old woman, the little girl, the dog, the cat, and finally the mouse. On the last page, all the characters are exhausted and collapsed on the ground. Rader's humorous illustrations feature people with slightly misshapen figurestiny feet and hands, just a little-too-large heads. Most of the pictures fill two pages, with sky and grass washes going to the edge of each page. Ziefert's easy-to-read retellings are a great way to introduce beginning readers to these classic stories.Mary Ann Bursk, Bucks County Free Library, Levittown, PA

Product Details

Penguin Young Readers Group
Publication date:
Penguin Young Readers Level 2 Series
Sales rank:
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.20(d)
Age Range:
6 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Harriet Ziefert has been making magic with words for many years. She is the author of over 200 books for young readers. A mother of two and grandmother of five, she lives in South Orange, New Jersey.

Liz Murphy was born and raised in England and attended the Kingston Art College, where she majored in graphic design. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in Montclair, New Jersey. Liz has illustrated four other picture books for Blue Apple.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Write a Review

and post it to your social network


Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews >