Fairy Tales: The Princess and the Pea

The Princess and the Pea

The Princess And The Pea

On this page you can find out more about the story of The Princess and the Pea.

Resources in the Library

Princess and the Pea and similar stories

This fairy tale website, compiled by the University of Pittsburgh, includes Hans Christian Andersen's version of the Princess and the Pea.

You can also find a number of fairy tales which are similar to the Princess and the Pea story.

The Story of The Princess and the Pea

You can read Hans Christian Andersen's version of The Princess and the Pea on the SurLaLune website.

Listen to the Story of the Princess and the Pea

(Source of video: youtube)

History of The Princess and the Pea

The SurLaLune website includes lots of information about The Princess and the Pea, including details of the history of the story.

 

Once upon a mattress

(Source of video: youtube)

A clip from 'Once upon a Mattress' which is a Broadway musical based on the story of The Princess and the Pea.

Elements of the Story

As explained in the 'Conventions of fairy tales' section, a fairy story always includes a number of important elements.

When reading through this section, keep in mind the Hans Christian Andersen version of the story as told here -

PRINCESS AND THE PEA

In the story of Princess and the Pea the elements include: 

GOOD CHARACTERS

In the Princess and the Pea story the good character is the princess character.

(Source of picture: Emma Watson)

THE BADDY

Do you think there is a bad character in this story?  Do you think the queen is a baddy?

(Source of picture: Fried-Eye)

SUPPORTING CHARACTERS

Can you think of any supporting characters in this story?

MAGIC

Do you think there is any magic in this story?

OBSTACLE OR TASK

A fairy tale usually includes an obstacle or task which the characters must tackle with to reach their happy ending.  In this story the test is whether the princess can sleep in the bed with the pea.

(Source of picture: Squidoo)

HAPPILY EVER AFTER

The Princess passes the test set by the queen so the prince and princess are able to marry and they live happily ever after...

(Source of picture: Princess and the Pea app)

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