Tuesday: Weekly Book Review—The Very Smart Pea and the Princess-To-Be

April 15th, 2008 in Tuesday: Weekly Book Review

The Very Smart Pea and the PrincessToBe by Mini Grey

When it comes to sorting out a Real Princes from a Fake Princes, the famous pea under the mattress test is tired and true. But for those of you who may have wondered how anyone could feel a tiny garden variety pea under the weight of twenty mattresses, this book will put that question to rest once and for all. The true story of “The Princes and the Pea” is now revealed through the memories of the unlikely heroin, the Very Smart Pea.

The charming illustrations add to the attraction: vegetables of various sorts adorn the walls; even the queen’s eyes are made of peas; and the front and back inside covers detail the “before” and “after” scenes in the palace garden.

This book can be enjoyed by toddlers, be used as a creating writing exercise for older children, or used at home to teach an important lesson: Seeing things from other’s perspectives.

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