The Princess and the Pea by John Cech


The Princess and the Pea by John Cech

One of Hans Christian Andersen's most beloved stories gets a breathtaking showcase, with lavish art and an elegant retelling by acclaimed writer, professor, and radio host John Cech. Although the handsome prince meets ladies blessed with beauty, wealth, and brains, he knows in his heart that none is the true princess he longs for. Then, one stormy night, a wet, disheveled, and very weary young woman knocks at the castle door. Could she be his queen? One tiny pea buried underneath 20 soft mattresses might reveal the truth. Bernhard Oberdieck's stunning images, with their soft colour and unusual perspectives, capture all the fantasy and romance of Andersen's appealing tale.


Praise for The Princess and the Pea Cech s fluid text sparkles in this well-crafted retelling . . . The illustrations, created with colored pencils, pastels, and acrylics, glow . . . Children will enjoy this delightful rendition of an old favorite. School Library Journal

About the Author

John Cech is a professor of English at the University of Florida where he is the Director of the Center for Children's Literature and Culture. He was the creator, producer, and host of the daily public radio programme Recess! about the cultures of childhood. John has written seven books in the Classic Fairy Tale Collection for Sterling, in addition to retellings of Aesop's Fables, illustrated by Martin Jarrie, and The Nutcracker, illustrated by Eric Puybaret. Bernhard Oberdieck has illustrated numerous books and enjoys international acclaim. He uses a variety of media - including colored pencils, pastels, and acrylics - to create fine, detailed work. Bernhard is also an avid collector of children's picture books.

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32 pages
Interest Age: 4-7


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Publication date

5th November 2015



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