The Princess and the Pea

The Princess and the Pig - Jonathan Emmett, Poly Bernatene

So what would happen if accidentally a princess switched places with a pig? You would have a crazy adventure where each of the families blames a fairy for their new predicament. If only the queen hadn’t dropped her baby, squeamish over her dirty diaper and that baby hadn’t fallen down over the balcony. Lucky though, she lands in a farmer’s cart which was loaded with straw. Her hard fall causes the piglet who was laying in the cart to leap out of the cart and fly into the castle and land into the princess’s cradle. Upon discovery, the parents each blame a fairy whether it be the good fairy for bringing a child which they could not conceive or a bad fairy for they did not invite her to the baby’s christening, for blaming a fairy is the right thing to do. The children grow and life is so different for these two children, being raised in two different households. Will it ever be discovered that they were switched and does it really matter?   As the story continues, there are some tough decisions that need to be made and I have to wonder if I would make these same decisions myself. This is a great story as each family learns to accept their new situation and would make a wonderful addition to anyone’s library.  The illustrations are wonderful and bring energy to the story. The characters are bright and lively and their facial expressions are marvelous.