Something a little different today for Fairy Tale Friday. A twist on the The Princess and The Pea. I loved this story. It’s a great spin on the original tale. Mini Grey is a talented writer that I’d highly recommend. I love it because it tells the story from the Pea’s point of view. No-one ever thinks about the story from the poor Pea’s side.
The Queen threatens to stop the Prince’s pocket money unless her finds a bride by the time he is 35. None of the Princesses are quite right. The Queen uses the ‘true princess’ test. She puts a pea under a mountain of mattresses. All of the Princesses are so well mannered, they never complain. The poor Pea has had enough and finally steps in to save the day…
I highly recommend reading this book to young children. I’ve used it with 6-7 year olds and they loved it!
I’m very familiar with this fairy tale! Thinking about it though, it is a very strange one. It centres around a prince who wants to marry a princess. He really wants to make sure she’s a real princess. He travels around to find one but can’t find a real one.
One night a princess knocks on the castle door. She’s soaked from a storm and doesn’t look like a princess. The queen knows she’s a princess (somehow) so she puts a pea under many, many mattresses and quilts. She tells the princess to sleep on top of them.
The next morning the princess says that she didn’t sleep very well and was bruised by something in the bed. Somehow, this makes the princess a real princess, because apparently only real princesses are that sensitive. The princess marries the prince and the pea is kept inside a museum! (Ha!)
Next Fairy Tale- The Old Church Bell