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The Princess and the Pea

The classic story of the Princess and the Pea, retold and illustrated by Ian Beck.

Ian Beck

Suitable for:  Age 3-5 years.

Price:  £5.99

ISBN: 978-0-19-278236-6
Publication date: 03/11/2005
Paperback: 24 pages
Dimensions: 255x195mm

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A prince travels the world to find a suitable princess to marry-but none of the girls he meets seems right, and he cannot be sure any is a real princess. And so he returns home sadly. But then one stormy night there is a knock at the door and in comes a girl dressed in rags. She claims she is Princess Phoebe, looking for a prince she can marry. The prince is soon fascinated by her, so the queen devises a plan-she will place a single pea underneath the many mattresses on Phoebe's bed. In the morning Phoebe complains of not having slept a wink. The queen is overjoyed-if the girl has felt the pea under all those layers she must be a real princess!

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  • [About Chicken Licken and The Tortoise and the Hare] Beautifully presented editions in which lively text and colourful images sit happily together. - West Sussex Gazette
  • [About The Gingerbread Boy and Goldilocks and the Three Bears] Clearly and amusingly retold, the stories are enhanced by Ian Beck's cheerful illustrations. - Daily Echo
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