La Princesa and the Pea

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  • 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



School Library Journal:

★ This engaging read-aloud is a fresh reimagining of a classic. A must for all libraries. —Starred review

School Library Connection:

★ Highly recommended. —Starred review


The charming illustrations give this title great shelf appeal.


With eye-catching details on every page, this book is sure to capture the imaginations of young readers.

The Bulletin:

Martinez-Neal’s graceful illustrations (…) really make this title a winner.


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