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Princess and the Peas

Written & illustrated by Rachel Himes
Published by Charlesbridge
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In this adaptation of The Princess and the Pea, Ma Sally cooks the best black-eyed peas in Charleston County, South Carolina. Her son, John, is a highly eligible bachelor, and three local women vie for his hand in marriage by attempting to cook as well as Ma. At the last minute, a surprise contestant named Princess arrives at the door. Princess and John are well-matched, but Princess has her own ideas. When told she has won John’s hand, she asks him to scrub the pots and pans before she’ll give him an answer. Her answer, it turns out, is that she wants to spend some time getting to know John first.

Backmatter includes an author’s note and a recipe for Princess’s Black-eyed Peas.

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Who Wrote Princess and the Peas

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Rachel Himes

Rachel Himes is a museum educator, author, and illustrator. Her debut picture book, Princess and the Peas, puts a modern African American spin on the classic fairy tale. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.

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To black families everywhere

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  • “Dedicated to “black families everywhere,” this heartwarming story, with its fairy-tale tone, will have broad appeal.”

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April 11, 2017
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Display type set in Billy Serif by SparkyType; Text type set in Helenita by Rodrigo Typo.
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Illustrations done in acrylic, watercolor, ink, pencils, and collage on Arches paper.
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