The Princess and the Pea

retold and illustrated by Janet Stevens

A classic retelling of the Hans Christian Andersen tale of a prince who is in search of a real princess.

A traditional retelling of of the story of a prince who must be sure his bride-to-be is a true princess. The text is simple but detailed wonderfully through the marvelously intricate illustrations. Although never mentioned in the text, the characters are animals in medieval dress; the king and prince are lions while the queen is a tiger. The bear princess is too noisy, the hippo princess is too clumsy, the northern princess is a pig, and the inept dancing princess is an elephant. I love the soaking wet tiger who comes to the castle in a storm claiming to be a princess. She survives the test of the pea under 20 mattresses and 20 feather beds and she and her prince live happliy ever after.

Watch for the jester mouse and a minstrel frog with his lute in most of the pictures. The double spread of the wedding celebration is particularly full of life.