Friday, February 8, 2013

The Poodle and the Pea

The Poodle and the Pea (Animal Fairy Tales Series)
Written By: Charlotte Guillian
Illustrated By: Dawn Beacon
Published By: Raintree, a Capstone Global Library, LLC
ISBN: 9781410950321

Have you ever read a book called, The Princess and the Pea? I’m sure you’ve probably heard of it. First published in 1935 and written by the talented Hans Christian Andersen, a man whose works are famous around the world. Well, imagine a book similar to the Princess and the Pea, but replace the characters with animals!
Let’s introduce our characters shall we? First, we have the handsome Prince Barking, whose parents, the king and queen, feel it is time for their son to marry a suitable princess. Unfortunately, Prince Barking isn’t satisfied with any of the princesses who have traveled to the palace.

Alone in the wilderness outside the palace is a lost princess. She is cold, wet, and dirty. She’s not presentable in her current state and the king and queen don’t believe that any princess could ever be so filthy.

In an effort to prove her royalty to his parents, Prince Barking and a trusty servant hatch a plan to prove she truly is a princess. A pea is placed in her bedding because no real princess would be able to sleep on such lumpy bedding!

Morning comes, and the lovely princess complains that her plush bed was indeed, lumpy. The king then declares, “Only a real princess could feel a pea under all those blankets!”

The prince is ecstatic, and asks the enchanting princess for her hand in marriage. He serves peas at their wedding.

A spin on a classic fairy tale, The Poodle and the Pea is a delightful story that will captivate any child.

Watch out for other titles in the Animal Fairy Tales Series, Goldiclucks and the Three Bears, The Kitten Who Cried Dog, Little Red Riding Duck and Pandarella.  
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