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After tiring of the needs of overly demanding princesses, Prince Henrik devises a test to find a girl who s not so sensitive, using a very thin mattress and an entire packet of frozen peas. His dream girl shows up unexpectedly in the form of his old friend Pippa, who is all too happy to pitch a tent or play a hard game of hockey, after which she finds the perfect use for t ...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published 2009 by Scholastic
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Cass
This is one of my absolute favourite books for children. I buy this book to give as gifts.

This is the story of Henrik, a young prince who has decided he wants to get married. He is an outdoorsy type and hopes to marry someone who enjoys hockey and camping.

His elder brother found his wife by placing a single pea under twenty mattresses (the well known story of the princess and the pea). However Henrik is not very impressed with his overly sensitive sister-in-law, and decides he wants the complete
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Bookstork Buzz
It was the fresh, fun cover that attracted me to this one AND its cool title too!

Once upon a time there was a prince called Henrik who wanted very much to fall in love and get married.

His brother, Prince Hans, has some very good advice to give.

“The important thing is to make sure she is a real princess,” says his brother, Prince Hans. “A real princess is very beautiful and very sensitive.”

Stack twenty mattresses and twenty eiderdown quilts and put a single pea at the bottom of the mattress.

“If a
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Awesome Books
I love this book. I buy this book for birthday presents. I recommend this book to friends. I retell this story to my adult friends and they all enjoy it.

Why do I love it? Because when searching for live the young prince wants someone who likes camping and hockey and has a nice smile.

Remember the story of "the princess and the pea", well this story takes place many years later as the younger brother is now thinking about getting married. He has a good look at his sister-in-law and decides she i
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Kathleen Dixon
Zenobia is 5. Since she was 3 she has loved princesses. And pink. And purple. And anything glittery. And when she wants a book about princesses (which is every time we go to the library, which is every day at the moment) she doesn't want one about baby princesses, or about Queen Victoria (a children's book with a dumpy looking Queen falling face-forward, and which looked light it might be quite amusing), or anything that doesn't have long princess dresses or tiaras or such on the cover. This boo ...more
Lynn
Variations on traditional tales can be a challenge but illustrations in this version really stretch the imagination. Most children would not think of a prince and princess as every day, regular children who play hockey. Some students may be confused by 'hockey' and look for ice skates and a puck, as they may be unfamiliar with field hockey.
I thought it was very cute to have the princess use the pack of peas as an ice pack (I have two packages in my freezer that are only for sore ankles/knees).
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Marcie
This is my girls' new favorite book. It's a cute story about a prince who decides to look for an unconventional princess. As my sister just told me, this type of book is called a fractured fairy tale - a takeoff of a traditional fairy tale that has an unexpected twist. They love the illustrations, and I love the message it sends about how princesses can be outdoorsy and low maintenance.
Greta
LOVED THIS BOOK! My little girl asked me to read her a bedtime story. This book was within easy reaching distance and so it's the one we read that evening. It was a perfect book to read to her and we were able to have a nice discussion before she went to sleep about what it means to be an "un-princess."
Sarah Adamson
This is quite a good anti-traditional princess book. The prince is hunting for a princess who will play hockey and go camping with him. He tests girls by putting a bag of frozen peas under a thin mattress and sleeping bag.
The concept of the book is good. My daughter found it quite funny. However it needed to go further for me!

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This book starts out with great premise. The idea being that the prince doesn't want a real princess as he wants someone to laugh and play hockey with and g
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Jessica
A delightful little story that shows being different is okay, good even, and it's important to listen to your heart.
Megan
Everything I love in a kiddie book aimed at girls. New take on a fairy tale where the girl walks to the beat of her own drum and is celebrated!
Kelly
It's not perfect--I think he pops the question a little too soon, but this is by far the best picture book about a prince I've read.
Heather
This is so awesome I'm doing a whole storytime on princesses and princes soon! Adorable illustrations, great story.
Tracee Yawger
Okay this is my new favorite picture book. A prince who is an enlightened feminist! Check it out today!
Sarah
This is adorable! I love, love, love this book as a children's book!
Liz
I wish they had books like this when I was a little girl.
Arminzerella
Prince Henrik wants to fall and love and get married, but he’s not really sure how to choose the perfect princess. When he asks his brother for help, he tells him how he picked out his own perfect princess – with the pea hidden under the multiple mattresses method. Princess Eva, his brother’s wife, may be a real princess, but she complains about everything. And Henrik decides that he’d rather not have a princess at all if that’s how they behave. He devises his own test for his female suitors and ...more
Sharon Tyler
The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas, written by Tony Wilson and Illustrated by Sue deGannero, is a great story about Prince Henrik looking for a princess. He did not want the typical, sensitive princess like his brother's wife Eva who is sensitive about everything. Henrick wanted a girl who liked camping, and hockey. Looks did not matter, he just wanted someone that liked the same things he did, and who he could have fun spending time with. So, Henrick came up with a plan. Instead of the ...more
Joella www.cinjoella.com
There once was a Prince called Henrik who wanted to make sure he married the right person. He saw that his brother married a “real” princess because he did this test where you put a pea under a bunch of mattresses. Well, he sure didn’t want the same type of girl that his brother married, so he decided that he wanted to marry the “exact opposite” of the type of girl his brother married. He wanted to marry someone who liked “hockey and camping and [had] a nice smile.” So he thought if he put a who ...more
Amy Musser
Henrik was a prince who wanted to fall love and marry a princess who liked hockey and camping, just like he did. He wasn’t sure how to find such a princess, so he asked his brother, Prince Hans, for advice. Hans suggested using the same test he used when he found his wife, Princess Eva: place a single pea under a stack of mattresses to test for sensitivity. But after Henrik observed fussy Princess Eva, he decided he wanted the exact opposite! So instead of twenty mattresses, he found a thin camp ...more
Maggie Burgess
I really like this story! A play off of a classic, and it even references/includes the story of the classic! This new prince, however, does not want a typical princess. This is a story I would have LOVED as a child, as I could have related to it! I do relate to it! He wants a girl more like who I am, as I was never girly/princessy. Someday, if I have a daughter, this book will be on her bookshelf! I hope she would want to amount to be an "unreal" princess!
Barbara
After watching his brother's wife, Princess Eva, in action, Prince Henrik decides that he doesn't want someone as overly sensitive and demanding as her. Rather than a real princess, he figures he'd be better off with someone who is her opposite. In order to weed out the contenders for his affection, he devises a plan involving a packet of frozen peas, one thin mattress, and an old sleeping bag. No one passes his test until an old friend, Pippa, spends the day and night and uses the peas as an ic ...more
Courtney Huskisson
Prince Henrik just wants to marry a girl who like camping and plays hockey, but a 'real' princess is apparently too sensitive. The Prince decides to test this with a packet of frozen peas.

I was expecting to roll my eyes from the start because of the cliche prince/princess story. But I really liked the twist on what it means to be a princess. Cute story.
Gwen the Librarian
What a fun story! Prince Henrik is looking for a princess to marry, preferably one who enjoys hockey and camping. When he asks his older brother for advice, the older prince recommends putting a pea under a pile of mattresses to weed out a real princess. But after watching his brother's "sensitive" wife in action - she's mean, demanding, and picky, even if she is pretty and a real princess - Henrik decides to devise his own tests. Using a camping cot and a whole package of frozen peas, Henrik fi ...more
Jennifer
Prince Henrik is supposed to marry a “princess” but all he wants is someone who likes camping and hockey. So he devises a plan where he puts a packet of frozen peas beneath the mattresses rather than a single pea (which he brother did). When an old friend returns who isn’t a princess, Prince Henrik has to decide if he’s going to do what is expected of him or follow his heart.

An adorable twist on a classic fairy tale, The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas shows both boys and girls that girls
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Jennifer
Missed this Princess and the Pea spin-off when it was first published, but I'm glad I discovered it now! Very fun. Prince seeks non-princessy princess. Frozen peas are involved.
Viv
Modernized version of Princess and the pea. It somehow reminded me of Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton.

In this book, the typical "REAL" princess - Princess Eva is described as "too sensitive" (more like negative and nagging to me) to almost everything around her. On the other hand, the "Unreal Princess" - Pippa (hmmm...what a coincidence, same name as the sister of Duchess of Cambridge)- is more of a real human being - happy, easy-going, positive, and outdoorsy and atheletic! If I were a pr
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Paula
Prince Henrik makes a plan to find a wife who is nothing like his royal brother's wife, who he thinks is too sensitive.
Tabitha
Loved the moral of this story - you don't have to be a certain way to be a princess!
Heidi
I really like the story in this book. A great twist on the Princess and the Pea story and one that made me laugh. The pictures were not my favorite, but not bad. I loved Henrik's pea game and Princess Eva's headwear! However, I don't think they'd work well in storytime because the larger crowd will have a hard time getting the details from this kind of illustration. Maybe in a school-age group, and better in a smaller group. Kids will probably enjoy it better in a lap-read or read-alone. But I t ...more
Lorelie
Very cute version of the old story. Pippa is awesome! My kids loved it!
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