the princess and the pea--a retelling

December 20, 2010

princess and the pea

Here's a peek at one of Juliet's Christmas presents--Sleepy Princess and the Pea board game! (Good thing she doesn't read my blog...)

I picked it up at a yard sale earlier this summer and have had it hidden in my closet until a few days ago when I wrapped it and then hid it under my bed. (Should I be revealing Christmas present hiding spots on the internet? I see this coming back to bite me in a few years...)

Anyways, I'm excited about it because it's a game based on the fairy tale The Princess and the Pea.
Don't Read This Book!
Juliet was recently introduced to this story via Don't Read This Book! by Jill Lewis (kindly sent to us for review by Tiger Tales!)

And while this book is about the classic tale, it is told with a twist. The king and his storywriter work together to recover all the pieces of the story (that is missing at the beginning of the book.) The search for titles, characters, important props (such as those 15 mattresses!), and of course, the pea.

As a former English teacher who has spent countless hours discussing the parts of a story with her students, I enjoyed letting the king and his writer (who are far more interesting than I) teach my daughter all about the ingredients to a good page-turner.

We've read this one over and over again and I'm looking forward to seeing how the story changes for her after we've played the game together.

{I found a lot of fun craft ideas for the princess and the pea here. I especially like the paper version of the mattresses--that would be fun and easy to do with pretty scrapbook paper.}

Mother Reader has a great list of 150 ways to give a book--(she matches picture books with gifts!) I'm thinking of doing a post like that someday--sound like fun.

Do you know of any fun games or toys that go with books?


Elizabeth Bennett said...

Thanks for including a nice mention of Don't Read This Book in your post. Sounds like you and your daughter have a lot of fun ahead of you. Enjoy!
We posted a link to your blog on our facebook page.
Happy Reading,
tiger tales

Minnie said...

What a great yard sale find. I know my little three-year-old would love a gift like that. Even better that it goes with a book. I may remember that we have more later, but the only book/games I remember having is The Little Engine that Could. We found a game (very much like Candyland) and a puzzle that match it.

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