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La Princesa and the Pea

Juana Martinez-Neal

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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.

Worth Mentioning

★ 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

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★ 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.

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