{"id":8675600967,"title":"Princess and the Peas","handle":"princess-and-the-peas","description":"\u003ch6\u003ePaperback edition coming October 11, 2022. Pre-order today!\u003c\/h6\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR\/ILLUSTRATOR INFO BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBy: \u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/pages\/rachel-himes\"\u003eRachel Himes\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER HEADING BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch3\u003e\"Anybody who wants to marry my John will have to cook as well as I do.\"\u003c\/h3\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - ENTER DESCRIPTION BELOW - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIn this adaptation of \u003ci\u003eThe Princess and the Pea\u003c\/i\u003e, 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.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBack matter includes an author's note and a recipe for Princess's Black-eyed Peas.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER RECOMMENDATIONS BELOW - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"recommended-books\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf you like this book, you’ll enjoy these:\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/rabbi-benjamins-buttons\" title=\"Rabbi Benjamin's Buttons\"\u003eRabbi Benjamin's Buttons\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/the-cazuela-that-the-farm-maiden-stirred\" title=\"The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred\"\u003eThe Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/goldy-luck-and-the-three-pandas\" title=\"Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas\"\u003eGoldy Luck and the Three Pandas\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/the-market-bowl\" title=\"The Market Bowl\"\u003eThe Market Bowl\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/the-ugly-vegetables\" title=\"The Ugly Vegetables\"\u003eThe Ugly Vegetables\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - START OF TABS - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e [TABS]\n\u003ch5\u003eLook Inside\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/princess-and-the-peas-spread.jpg?3944688877052755937\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" class=\"cvr-border-gray\"\u003e\u003c!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --\u003e\u003cscript src=\"\/\/assets.pinterest.com\/js\/pinit.js\" data-pin-hover=\"true\" data-pin-height=\"32\" data-pin-shape=\"round\" defer async=\"\" type=\"text\/javascript\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAuthor \u0026amp; Illustrator\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eRachel Himes, author\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eRachel Himes is a museum educator, children's book author, and illustrator. She is a graduate of Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design. This is her debut children's book. Rachel lives in Brooklyn, New York.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - ENTER AWARDS \u0026 HONORS BELOW - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAwards \u0026amp; Honors\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e2018 Cooperative Children's Book Center choice, Picture Books for School-Age Children\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - ENTER REVIEWS BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eEditorial Reviews\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cb\u003eKirkus Reviews\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eDebut author and illustrator Himes reimagines the classic fairy tale \"The Princess and the Pea\" and sets her story in an African-American community in the mid-1950s. There is a princess, and there are peas, but that's the extent of the connection to the original tale. Here, Ma Sally is the best cook in Charleston County, South Carolina, famous for her black-eyed peas and supper tables piled high with collard greens, sweet potatoes, and hot rolls. But she's concerned about finding a wife for her son, John. \"She couldn't bear the thought of her only child sitting down to an ill-cooked meal.\" So a cooking contest ensues, and a young lady named Princess wins hands down, making the best black-eyed peas Ma Sally's ever tasted. But Princess has a mind of her own, and John must live up to her standards as well. Turns out Princess and John are two peas in a pod, and Ma Sally couldn't be happier. Himes uses a variety of media—acrylic, watercolor, pencil, ink, and collage—to create a series of double-page spreads that complement her story about a strong and embracing African-American community on the brink of the civil rights movement. Dedicated to \"black families everywhere,\" this heartwarming story, with its fairy-tale tone, will have broad appeal.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cb\u003eSchool Library Journal\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFood, family, and community are the heart of debut author\/illustrator Himes’s retelling of the classic Hans Christian Andersen story. Ma Sally, “the best cook in Charleston County, South Carolina,” is concerned when her son John wants to get married, because the local gals might not feed him right, so she plans a cooking contest to see if anyone is worthy. Kind and thoughtful John is considered a catch, and several women answer the call. After they fail to impress Ma Sally in the kitchen, a newcomer to town arrives at Ma Sally’s, saying she heard about some kind of contest. Introducing herself, Princess sets to work making the best peas Ma Sally has ever tasted. Princess then suggests that John might take her dancing—after he washes the dishes, of course. The narrative’s rhythm and pacing hearken back to its fairy-tale roots, and the rich text (“tables groaned under crocks”) will have readers’ mouths watering. Himes immerses children in the Formica world of the 1950s setting, and the pastel-colored backgrounds make the characters practically pop off the page. Her textured acrylic, watercolor, and mixed-media illustrations add dimension, bringing readers into a vibrant African American community that they’ll want to return to again and again. Princess’s winning pea recipe is appended. VERDICT This retelling of a classic tale is a fresh interpretation and a fun read-aloud. 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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.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eBack matter includes an author's note and a recipe for Princess's Black-eyed Peas.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER RECOMMENDATIONS BELOW - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"recommended-books\"\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eIf you like this book, you’ll enjoy these:\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/rabbi-benjamins-buttons\" title=\"Rabbi Benjamin's Buttons\"\u003eRabbi Benjamin's Buttons\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/the-cazuela-that-the-farm-maiden-stirred\" title=\"The Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred\"\u003eThe Cazuela That the Farm Maiden Stirred\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/goldy-luck-and-the-three-pandas\" title=\"Goldy Luck and the Three Pandas\"\u003eGoldy Luck and the Three Pandas\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/the-market-bowl\" title=\"The Market Bowl\"\u003eThe Market Bowl\u003c\/a\u003e\u003cbr\u003e\u003ca href=\"https:\/\/www.charlesbridge.com\/products\/the-ugly-vegetables\" title=\"The Ugly Vegetables\"\u003eThe Ugly Vegetables\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - START OF TABS - - - - - - - -- - - --\u003e [TABS]\n\u003ch5\u003eLook Inside\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cimg src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/princess-and-the-peas-spread.jpg?3944688877052755937\" style=\"display: block; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" class=\"cvr-border-gray\"\u003e\u003c!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --\u003e\u003cscript src=\"\/\/assets.pinterest.com\/js\/pinit.js\" data-pin-hover=\"true\" data-pin-height=\"32\" data-pin-shape=\"round\" defer async=\"\" type=\"text\/javascript\"\u003e\u003c\/script\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER AUTHOR BIO BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAuthor \u0026amp; Illustrator\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eRachel Himes, author\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eRachel Himes is a museum educator, children's book author, and illustrator. She is a graduate of Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design. This is her debut children's book. Rachel lives in Brooklyn, New York.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - ENTER AWARDS \u0026 HONORS BELOW - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eAwards \u0026amp; Honors\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cul\u003e\n\u003cli\u003e2018 Cooperative Children's Book Center choice, Picture Books for School-Age Children\u003c\/li\u003e\n\u003c\/ul\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - ENTER REVIEWS BELOW - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eEditorial Reviews\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cb\u003eKirkus Reviews\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eDebut author and illustrator Himes reimagines the classic fairy tale \"The Princess and the Pea\" and sets her story in an African-American community in the mid-1950s. There is a princess, and there are peas, but that's the extent of the connection to the original tale. Here, Ma Sally is the best cook in Charleston County, South Carolina, famous for her black-eyed peas and supper tables piled high with collard greens, sweet potatoes, and hot rolls. But she's concerned about finding a wife for her son, John. \"She couldn't bear the thought of her only child sitting down to an ill-cooked meal.\" So a cooking contest ensues, and a young lady named Princess wins hands down, making the best black-eyed peas Ma Sally's ever tasted. But Princess has a mind of her own, and John must live up to her standards as well. Turns out Princess and John are two peas in a pod, and Ma Sally couldn't be happier. Himes uses a variety of media—acrylic, watercolor, pencil, ink, and collage—to create a series of double-page spreads that complement her story about a strong and embracing African-American community on the brink of the civil rights movement. Dedicated to \"black families everywhere,\" this heartwarming story, with its fairy-tale tone, will have broad appeal.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003cblockquote\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003ci\u003e\u003cb\u003eSchool Library Journal\u003c\/b\u003e\u003c\/i\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eFood, family, and community are the heart of debut author\/illustrator Himes’s retelling of the classic Hans Christian Andersen story. Ma Sally, “the best cook in Charleston County, South Carolina,” is concerned when her son John wants to get married, because the local gals might not feed him right, so she plans a cooking contest to see if anyone is worthy. Kind and thoughtful John is considered a catch, and several women answer the call. After they fail to impress Ma Sally in the kitchen, a newcomer to town arrives at Ma Sally’s, saying she heard about some kind of contest. Introducing herself, Princess sets to work making the best peas Ma Sally has ever tasted. Princess then suggests that John might take her dancing—after he washes the dishes, of course. The narrative’s rhythm and pacing hearken back to its fairy-tale roots, and the rich text (“tables groaned under crocks”) will have readers’ mouths watering. Himes immerses children in the Formica world of the 1950s setting, and the pastel-colored backgrounds make the characters practically pop off the page. Her textured acrylic, watercolor, and mixed-media illustrations add dimension, bringing readers into a vibrant African American community that they’ll want to return to again and again. Princess’s winning pea recipe is appended. VERDICT This retelling of a classic tale is a fresh interpretation and a fun read-aloud. A first purchase for most collections.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003c\/blockquote\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - ENTER DOWNLOADABLES BELOW - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eDownloadables\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp style=\"text-align: left;\"\u003e\u003cimg style=\"display: block; float: none; margin-left: auto; margin-right: auto;\" src=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/princess-and-the-peas-cvr.jpg?3944688877052755937\" alt=\"\"\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cdiv class=\"btn-wrapper\"\u003e\u003ca class=\"product-btn\" href=\"https:\/\/cdn.shopify.com\/s\/files\/1\/0750\/0101\/files\/princess-and-the-peas-hires.zip?5043445399071276565\"\u003eDownload the Cover\u003c\/a\u003e\u003c\/div\u003e\n\u003c!-- - - - - - - - - - - - ENTER DETAILS BELOW - - - - - - - - - - - --\u003e\n\u003ch5\u003eDetails\u003c\/h5\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eHardcover\u003c\/strong\u003e \u003cbr\u003eISBN: 978-1-58089-718-1\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003ePaperback\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cbr\u003eISBN: \u003cspan data-sheets-value='{\"1\":2,\"2\":\"9781623543785\"}' data-mce-fragment=\"1\"\u003e978-1-62354-378-5\u003c\/span\u003e\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cstrong\u003eE-book\u003c\/strong\u003e\u003cbr\u003eISBN: 978-1-60734-884-9 EPUB\u003cbr\u003e ISBN: 978-1-60734-885-6 PDF\u003cbr\u003e For information about purchasing E-books, \u003ca href=\"http:\/\/charlesbridge.myshopify.com\/pages\/e-books\" title=\"E-book\"\u003eclick here\u003c\/a\u003e.\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003eAges: 5-8\u003cbr\u003ePage count: 32\u003cbr\u003e8 \u003csup\u003e1\u003c\/sup\u003e\/\u003csub\u003e2\u003c\/sub\u003e x 11\u003c\/p\u003e\n\u003cp\u003e\u003cb\u003eCorrelated to Common Core State Standards:\u003c\/b\u003e\u003cbr\u003eEnglish Language Arts-Literacy. 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Princess and the Peas

Paperback edition coming October 11, 2022. Pre-order today!

By: Rachel Himes

"Anybody who wants to marry my John will have to cook as well as I do."

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.

Back matter includes an author's note and a recipe for Princess's Black-eyed Peas.

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Rachel Himes, author

Rachel Himes is a museum educator, children's book author, and illustrator. She is a graduate of Brown University and the Rhode Island School of Design. This is her debut children's book. Rachel lives in Brooklyn, New York.

  • 2018 Cooperative Children's Book Center choice, Picture Books for School-Age Children

Kirkus Reviews

Debut author and illustrator Himes reimagines the classic fairy tale "The Princess and the Pea" and sets her story in an African-American community in the mid-1950s. There is a princess, and there are peas, but that's the extent of the connection to the original tale. Here, Ma Sally is the best cook in Charleston County, South Carolina, famous for her black-eyed peas and supper tables piled high with collard greens, sweet potatoes, and hot rolls. But she's concerned about finding a wife for her son, John. "She couldn't bear the thought of her only child sitting down to an ill-cooked meal." So a cooking contest ensues, and a young lady named Princess wins hands down, making the best black-eyed peas Ma Sally's ever tasted. But Princess has a mind of her own, and John must live up to her standards as well. Turns out Princess and John are two peas in a pod, and Ma Sally couldn't be happier. Himes uses a variety of media—acrylic, watercolor, pencil, ink, and collage—to create a series of double-page spreads that complement her story about a strong and embracing African-American community on the brink of the civil rights movement. Dedicated to "black families everywhere," this heartwarming story, with its fairy-tale tone, will have broad appeal.

School Library Journal

Food, family, and community are the heart of debut author/illustrator Himes’s retelling of the classic Hans Christian Andersen story. Ma Sally, “the best cook in Charleston County, South Carolina,” is concerned when her son John wants to get married, because the local gals might not feed him right, so she plans a cooking contest to see if anyone is worthy. Kind and thoughtful John is considered a catch, and several women answer the call. After they fail to impress Ma Sally in the kitchen, a newcomer to town arrives at Ma Sally’s, saying she heard about some kind of contest. Introducing herself, Princess sets to work making the best peas Ma Sally has ever tasted. Princess then suggests that John might take her dancing—after he washes the dishes, of course. The narrative’s rhythm and pacing hearken back to its fairy-tale roots, and the rich text (“tables groaned under crocks”) will have readers’ mouths watering. Himes immerses children in the Formica world of the 1950s setting, and the pastel-colored backgrounds make the characters practically pop off the page. Her textured acrylic, watercolor, and mixed-media illustrations add dimension, bringing readers into a vibrant African American community that they’ll want to return to again and again. Princess’s winning pea recipe is appended. VERDICT This retelling of a classic tale is a fresh interpretation and a fun read-aloud. A first purchase for most collections.

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ISBN: 978-1-58089-718-1

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ISBN: 978-1-62354-378-5

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Ages: 5-8
Page count: 32
8 1/2 x 11

Correlated to Common Core State Standards:
English Language Arts-Literacy. Reading Literature. Grade 2. Standards 1, 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 10
English Language Arts-Literacy. Reading Literature. Grade 3. Standards 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 10

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