Friday, 28 June 2013

Picture Book

UK Writer & Illustrator
Caryl Hart, illustrated by Sarah Warburton
The Princess and the Peas
Nosy Crow    2013 (2012)         $17.99pb     32 pages
ISBN 978 0 8576 3108 4

Themes: Cautionary tales/ Food allergies/ Royal etiquette/ Stories in rhyme

Lily-Rose, who lives with her caring dad in a forest, is allergic to peas and refuses to eat them however tastily he cooks them. He calls the doctor who diagnoses an acute case of Princess-itis and after being told the story of The Princess and the Pea, Lily-Rose  is sent off to live in a handily nearby palace. Here she discovers that there are much worse things in life than not eating your greens. Caryl Hart has a light touch with a quite complex story and the images are as warm-hearted and funny as the narrative. This would be fun to read aloud to a smallish group so they could enjoy the detailed pictures as well as the story.

Year 1 up/ Age 5 up

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