Friday, February 23, 2018

La Princesa and the Pea by Susan Elya - ADVISABLE

Elya, Susan Middleton La Princesa and the Pea, illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal. PICTURE BOOK. G.P. Putnam’s Sons (Penguin Random House), 2017. $17. 9780399251566

This retelling of the Princess and the Pea is muy bueno!  The story stays true to the familiar story - princess needs to stay the night, so queen tests to see if she’s a true princess with an unrealistic challenge (pea under 20 mattresses). The twist with this story is that it’s also a spanish primer.

Beginning with a glossary (nice touch, it gave the reader a heads up that there were Spanish words to look for) the simple poetic text replaced important english words with the Spanish - printed in red so you knew they were there.  The illustrations are delightful, colorful and cultural.  This was a fun read.

EL (K-3) - ADVISABLE  Lisa Librarian

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