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- Title: La Princesa and the Pea
- Publisher: Putnam
- Release Date: September 5, 2017
- Author: Susan Middleton Elya
- Illustrator: Juana Martinez-Neal
- Age Level: 4-8, 32 pages
- ISBN: 978-0-399-25156-6
The Princess and the Pea gets a fresh twist in this charming bilingual retelling.
El príncipe knows this girl is the one for him, but, as usual, his mother doesn’t agree.
The queen has a secret test in mind to see if this girl is really a princesa.
But the prince might just have a sneaky plan, too…
Readers will be enchanted by this Latino twist on the classic story, and captivated by the vibrant art inspired by the culture of Peru.
★ 2018 Pura Belpré Medal Award for Illustration
★ 2018 Ezra Jack Keats Illustration Award Nominee
★ ALSC – Notable Children’s Books 2018
★ NCTE – 2108 NCTE Notable Books in the Language Arts
★ ALA+ALSC+CBC – 2108 Building a Home Library
★ Texas Library Association – 2×2 Reading List 2018
★ A Junior Library Guild Selection
★ Chicago Public Library – Best Picture Books of 2017
★ Evanston Public Library – 101 Kids Books List 2017
★ 2017 Society of Illustrators Original Art Selection
★ A Ladybug Picture Book Award 2018 Nominee
★ A Volunteer State Book Award 2019-2020 Nominee
★ Great Texas Mosquito List 2019-2020 Master List
★ North Carolina Children’s Book Award – 2020 Nominee
- Junior Library Guild – Read Aloud Title
- Read Brightly – Best Children’s and YA Books of September 2017
- Mr. Schu – 2017 Best Books
- School Library Journal – 36 Stellar Titles
- Read Brightly – 17 Multicultural Fairy Tales to Delight Every Child
- Matthew Winner – Top Ten Books About Princesses
- Read Brightly – 14 New Children’s and YA Books That Celebrate Hispanic Heritage
- Matthew Winner – Top Ten Interviews with Hispanic and Latinx Bookmakers
- Evanston Public Library – 101 Kids Books List 2017
- Chicago Public Library – Best Picture Books of 2017
- San Francisco Chronicle – 2017 Holiday Books Gift Guide
- Read Brightly – 16 Holiday Gift Ideas for Book-Loving 3- to 5-Year-Olds
- Book Riot – Children’s Book Gift Giving Guide: Picture Books
- Fuse 8 – 31 Days, 31 Lists: Day Fifteen: 2017 Fairy Tales / Folktales
- Bookstagram Choice Awards – Honorable Mention: Best Latino Fairy Tale Retelling
- Texas Library Association – 2×2 Reading List 2018
- The Free Lance Star – Book Corner: Get raring start with refocused reading routine
- Read Brightly – 18 Amazing Picture Books You Won’t Mind Reading Over and Over Again
- ALSC – Notable Children’s Books 2018
- ALSC – Capitol Choices 2018
- NCTE – 2108 NCTE Notable Books in the Language Arts
- Today Show – 7 Books Kids Should Read This Summer, According to a School Librarian
- We Are Teachers – 21 Female Illustrators You Need to Include in Your Classroom Library
- Great Kids Books – #SummerReading 2018: Preschool, TK and Kindergarten (ages 4-5)
- San Antonio Magazine – San Antonio Summer Reading List
- Wisconsin – Picture This Recommended Reading List
- 100 Scope Notes – LIVE with 2018 Pura Belpré Award Winners!
- Huffinton Post – 19 Children’s Books To Read In Honor Of Hispanic Heritage Month
- Cool Mom Picks – 14 magnificent children’s and YA books for Hispanic Heritage Month
- ALA+ALSC+CBC – Building a Home Library 2018 List
- Brightly – 15 Picture Books That Celebrate Hispanic Heritage
★ Barrett’s lyrical poetry is enchanting, and Martinez-Neal’s artwork is as soft and round and delicate as a newborn. Her representation of each precious moment is a croon-worthy, dimpled, tiny-fisted pleasure (…) A guaranteed homerun read-aloud (…) this book is also a perfect gift for expecting friends and an ideal addition for home and public libraries. —Starred review
Martinez-Neal’s distinctive illustrations feature soft, hazy lines that convey a dreamlike quality. The muted colors of the clothing and surroundings, along with the ample use of white space, let the family’s skin tones shine with a reddish glow that can be interpreted as a blush of happiness (…) Expect this lovely gift for new parents to live by the rocking chair, helping families discover their own “babymoons.”
(…) two new parents learn the rhythms of caring for their newborn. The moments shared between the family members are tender, joyful, and sometimes anxious (…) A graceful celebration of the uncertainty and delight of new parenthood.
Arresting yet cozy illustrations and a spare, poetic text work together in this lovely book that will work well as a baby read-aloud (…) A great gift for new parents, this would make a lovely addition to any library’s baby storytime shelves.
There are a lot of comforting curves in Martinez-Neal’s sure and gentle lines and velvety-soft illustrations (…) With heartfelt honesty, both Barrett and Martinez-Neal refrain from painting a saccharine portrait of new parenthood, and toddlers old enough to sit and listen to this story will delight in considering the ways in which their parents cared for them during their first years.