________________ CM . . . . Volume XI Number 4 . . . . October 15, 2004

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The Penguin and the Pea.

Janet Perlman.
Toronto, ON: Kids Can Press, 2004.
32 pp., cloth, $16.95.
ISBN 1-55074-832-7.

Subject Headings:
Penquins - Juvenile fiction.
Princesses - Juvenile fiction.

Preschool-grade 3 / Ages 4-8.

Review by Helen Norrie.

** /4

excerpt:

Long ago in a faraway land, there lived a Penguin Prince who was very very lonely. He wished more than anything to find a penguin princess to marry, but she had to be a real princess.

 

This picture book is a retelling of the old folktale, “The Princess and the Pea.” Its difference lies chiefly in the illustrations which are done by the author, Janet Perlman. These creations, in coloured ink, are very humorous, especially when the penguin princess tries to climb up nineteen mattresses covered by twenty eiderdown quilts.

     Young readers will chuckle at pictures of first the rain-soaked princess and then the cartoon-like images of the prince's parents who scheme to outwit her. Colours are vibrant and attractive, and there are plenty of little details in the background of each picture (servants mopping up the water the princess has brought in; stained glass windows with crowned penguins etc.).

     The text is a straightforward retelling of the original story, but it is done with simple, easy-to-read wording. Besides being a simple read-aloud story, this book could be used in a unit comparing original tales with modern versions.

Recommended.

Helen Norrie is a former teacher-librarian who has taught courses in children's literature in the Faculty of Education, the University of Manitoba.

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