*AUDIO ENHANCED EDITION WITH READ-ALOUD AUDIO, MUSIC, AND TEXT HIGHLIGHTING*
Lily-Rose May is perfect in every way, until she kicks up such a fuss about eating her peas that her dad calls the doctor.
He diagnoses a severe case of Princess-itis and packs Lily-Rose off to live at the palace. But is a pea-free life of royal luxury as good as it sounds?
A funny and light-hearted cautionary tale for all princesses (and princes) who don’t like to eat up their greens . . .
This special edition of The Princess and the Peas comes with read-aloud audio and text highlighting.
Warburton's indefatigably sprightly and lovingly detailed illustrations help focus this grass-is-greener story. The premise is that a girl's distaste for eating peas (as opposed to sleeping on them, as in the classic fairy tale) reveals her latent princess-ness, requiring her to leave her idyllic home and doting father to go live in a palace. Warburton (the Rumblewick's Diary series) draws Lily-Rose May's new regal abode as a rose-tinted fantasy, complete with carpeted staircase, suitably snooty servants, and separate rooms for dress-up and shoes. But peas start looking pretty good after the grind of royal life kicks in, with meals of cold cabbage stew and days devoted to "three hours of waving to please all your fans,/ and lessons in smiling, and shaking of hands." British author Hart's literal, maundering rhyming ("Lily-Rose May gave her daddy a cuddle./ Oh, what shall I do? I'm in such a big muddle!/ I would so love to live at the palace it's true./ But I want to stay here, in the forest with you") makes the story hard to track and may test readers' patience. Ages 3 6.