The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas

Wilson, Tony

Book - 2012
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas
Prince Henrik makes a plan to find a wife who is nothing like his royal brother's wife, who he thinks is too sensitive.

Publisher: Atlanta, Ga. : Peachtree Publishers, 2012, c2009
Edition: 1st U.S. ed
ISBN: 9781561456352
Branch Call Number: jE WILSON 2012
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) :,col. ill. ;,26 cm
Additional Contributors: DeGennarro, Sue Illustrator


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Prince Henrik doesn't want to marry a fussy girly-girl like his sister-in-law. His princess test involves a camping mat, a sleeping bag, and a whole packet of frozen peas.

Prince Henrik doesn't want to marry a fussy girly-girl like his sister-in-law. His princess test involves a camping mat, a sleeping bag, and "a whole packet of frozen peas."

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Mar 13, 2013

It’s doubtful that Prince William subjected Kate Middleton to a “princess test” of a pea hidden under a stack of mattresses, but, as most of us know, in the Land of Fairy Tales, at least one young woman was tested in this way.

Prince Henrik, who wanted to get married, knew all about this test because his older brother, Prince Hans, had used it to determine the suitability and sensitivity of his new princess. And there was no doubt about it - Princess Eva was certainly very sensitive, for at any time of the day, she could be heard fussing and complaining about something or other in the palace!

Henrik decided that he didn’t want a sensitive princess. He wanted someone who enjoyed hockey and camping instead of fussing … someone who was fun and friendly, with a warm smile.
He decided to try something different. Whenever a girl came to stay at the palace, Prince Henrik made up the bed with a single mattress on a package of frozen peas.

The results were interesting, to say the least. Complaining bitterly, each girl left no doubt that she had noticed - and had not appreciated - the frozen peas.

One day, Prince Henrik’s old friend Pippa came to stay. They had great fun playing road hockey, riding horses and even spying on Princess Eva. For the first time, Henrik noticed Pippa’s warm smile.

That night, Pippa slept on a thin mattress with a package of frozen peas underneath. In the morning she awoke, refreshed, without a single complaint (the frozen package having soothed her shin, slightly bruised while playing hockey).

Readers can likely guess what happens next in Tony Wilson’s refreshing adaptation of Hans Christian Andersen’s The Princess and the Pea, enhanced with the equally refreshing illustrations of Sue deGennaro.

Aug 16, 2012
  • AVSBook rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

A fun and cleaver retelling of an old classic, with a believable modern twist.


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