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The Princess and the Peanut: A Royally Allergic Fairytale    by Sue Ganz-Schmitt & Micah Chambers-Goldberg order for
Princess and the Peanut
by Sue Ganz-Schmitt
Order:  USA  Can
Wild Indigo, 2011 (2011)
Hardcover, Softcover
* * *   Reviewed by Lyn Seippel

A prince must learn many things including jousting, solving village squabbles and capturing dragons. The most important thing he must learn is how to spot a real princess. When he thinks he's ready the prince goes out into the world to find his princess.

Colorful illustrations show the prince visiting well-known princesses. He visits Sleeping Beauty, but she won't be awake for years. He goes to another princess who has already found her prince in the form of a frog. Yet another is too difficult to get to, despite her long trailing hair. He also finds lots of young women claiming to be princesses, who aren't.

Everyone knows the tale of The Princess and the Pea. Sue Ganz-Schmitt has done a wonderful job of creating a fresh story. Because they are out of peas, the housekeeper uses a peanut to detect whether a real princess has come to visit. Unfortunately, the princess in this tale is allergic to peanuts and even though the mattresses are thick, she becomes ill.

The palace doctor is called in. He sees what the problem is and gives her an epinephrine injection. Readers learn all about food allergies. And the princess learns about her particular allergy and how she and her family must be on guard against accidental contamination.

Using a familiar fairytale to explain the risk of food allergies is a great way introduce these allergies to children and their parents. Micah Chambers-Goldberg's enchanting illustrations are exactly right for the story.

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