Monday, September 25, 2017

La Princesa and the Pea by Susan Middleton Elya, illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal - ADVISABLE

Elya, Susan Middleton.  La Princesa and the Pea, illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal.  G. P. Putnam Sons,2017.  $16.99.  Content: G.  PICTURE BOOK.
Primarily in English, but with several Spanish words thrown in, the fairytale of the Princess and the Pea is retold.  El Principe was lonely and wanted to get married, but his mother was very picky about princesses.  One day, a beautiful maiden on the way to her castle asks to stay.  The mother picks the smallest of peas and demands that several mattresses be brought.  The maiden tries to sleep on the mattress, but can’t.  She passed the test and married the prince.  The prince was quite pleased for he had put pitchforks and stones in the bed.  And they have several children after they are wed.   
The author uses great riming and natural word rhythms that make this a natural read aloud book.  The story sparkles with wit and words in both English and Spanish.  I really liked the twist of the prince making sure that the princess passed the test.  The illustrations have a South-American flare and pair perfectly with the story.  This book would be a great choice for story times, particularly bilingual Spanish/English story times. 
Pre-K, EL (K-3) -ADVISABLE.  Samantha Hastings, MA, MLS. 

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