The Princess and the Pea

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The Princess and the Pea

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Editado: Sep 14, 2011, 12:29pm

My favorite illustration is by Edmund Dulac-

The film verion Once Upon a Mattress stars Carol Burnett as the queen (and Sarah Jessica Parker as the pricess.) Burnett played the princess on the stage version in 1959.

I just ordered The Very Smart Pea and the Princess-to-be.

On my shelf, I have The Real Princess, with photo illustrations of claymation dolls. I must not have it cataloged yet.

Sep 14, 2011, 12:54pm

I like the rendition from The Stinky Cheese Man and Other Fairly Stupid Tales. Sick of his parents rejecting potential wives when they don't feel a pea under one hundred mattresses, the prince substitutes the pea with his bowling ball.

Sep 14, 2011, 2:05pm

I haven't read it, but one on my wish list is The Pea and the Princess, told from the pea's point of view. I also like Lauren Child's version.

Sep 14, 2011, 9:05pm

I saw Carol Burnett play the princess on TV in the late 1960s/early 1970s. I don't know if that version is available or if it was a live TV thing.

Sep 15, 2011, 12:03am

aulsmith: That is a wonderful play called "Once Upon a Mattress." I haven't seen it for years, but it is hilarious. Gotta find out if it's available somewhere. Thanks for bringing it back to mind.

Sep 15, 2011, 1:39am

I wanted to see Once Upon a Mattress years ago, but I was 9 and my parents thought I'd be bored. I still think they were wrong. *sigh*

Sep 15, 2011, 10:11am

Well, I guess a Wikipedia entry was wrong (see above) - the princess in the updated Once Upon a Mattress is played by Tracey Ullman.

The Broadway version was televised in black and white in 1964 and again in color in 1972. My public library has a CD of the original Broadway song recordings.

Sep 16, 2011, 12:02am

That's the nice thing about Wikipedia: you can edit the entry if they're wrong. :)

Sep 16, 2011, 2:33pm

Not me, I know less and less as I age.

Enjoying Mini Grey's The Very Smart Pea.
Lots of silly princesses, a stern queen, and pretty nice prince, and a lovely castle garden.