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The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas Original Draft

The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas Original Draft

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Published by Tony Wilson
Picture book eventually published by Scholastic and Peachtree. Spin off of the famous Hans Christian Andersen tale.
After tiring of the needs of overly demanding princesses, Prince Henrik devises a test to find a girl who s not so sensitive, using a very thin mattress and an entire packet of frozen peas. His dream girl shows up unexpectedly in the form of his old friend Pippa, who is all too happy to pitch a tent or play a hard game of hockey, after which she finds the perfect use for that packet of peas! In this twist on the fairy tale, Tony Wilson and Sue DeGenarro deliver a freshly humorous take on one prince s search for the just-right girl of his dreams.
Picture book eventually published by Scholastic and Peachtree. Spin off of the famous Hans Christian Andersen tale.
After tiring of the needs of overly demanding princesses, Prince Henrik devises a test to find a girl who s not so sensitive, using a very thin mattress and an entire packet of frozen peas. His dream girl shows up unexpectedly in the form of his old friend Pippa, who is all too happy to pitch a tent or play a hard game of hockey, after which she finds the perfect use for that packet of peas! In this twist on the fairy tale, Tony Wilson and Sue DeGenarro deliver a freshly humorous take on one prince s search for the just-right girl of his dreams.

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Published by: Tony Wilson on Apr 09, 2013
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The Princess and the Packet of Frozen Peas
Once upon a time there was a prince called Henrik who wanted very much to fall inlove and get married. He was an outdoorsy type, and hoped that the princess hemarried would like hockey and camping.But many girls want to marry a prince. Every time Henrik left the palace, screamingcrowds would holler ‘Oh my goodness, it’s him!’ and throw flowers in his generaldirection. Many of them were very beautiful. Henrik was worried that he would makea bad decision. He decided he would ask his brother, Prince Hans for some advice.‘The most important thing is to make sure she is
real 
princess,’ Hans said. ‘A real princess is very beautiful and very sensitive. When I met my wife Princess Eva I setup the guest bedroom with a stack of twenty mattresses and twenty eiderdowns. ThenI put a single pea under the bottom mattress. My theory was that if she complainedabout feeling the pea through all those mattresses and eiderdowns, she must be a real princess.’‘Did she complain,’ Prince Henrik asked.‘You bet,’ Prince Hans nodded. ‘She complained a lot.’‘And that’s good?’ Prince Henrik said.1
 
‘Well it means she’s a
real 
princess,’ his brother replied. ‘The pea kept her awake. Itmeans she’s sensitive.’Prince Henrik wanted to know more. He decided to secretly watch Princess Eva to seewhat a real, sensitive princess was like.He found her at the palace tennis court, and she was being sensitive about the tennis balls.
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‘These tennis balls are too bouncy! I can’t hit them!’He followed her to the castle tower and she was being sensitive about the banister rail.
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‘Could one of you lazy sods polish this banister rail! I can’t see myreflection.’He followed her to the driveway and she was being sensitive about her new sports car 
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‘This isn’t the model I wanted! I wanted one with drink holders. Andyellow!’Princess Eva was certainly very sensitive. The more Prince Henrik saw the more hewondered whether he wanted to marry a real princess.
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‘I wonder whether Princess Eva isn’t perhaps a little
too
sensitive.’2
 
When he saw Princess Eva yell at Prince Hans because he was wearing a tie thatclashed with her ball gown, he made up his mind. He didn’t want to marry a
real 
  princess like Princess Eva. He wanted to marry the exact opposite. She didn’t have to be that beautiful. She just had to like hockey and camping and have a nice smile.And so Prince Henrik came up with a plan. Whenever a princess came to stay, heoffered to make up the guest room. Instead of twenty mattresses, Henrik used one thincamping mattress. Instead of twenty eiderdowns, Henrik found one old sleeping bag.And instead of one single pea, the prince decided to use
a whole packet of frozen peas
.The test was this. Every time a princess visited, Henrik would sneak into the guestroom and hide the packet of frozen peas under the thin mattress. He figured that if thegirl didn’t mention the frozen peas, it meant she wasn’t too sensitive like Princess Evaand probably would quite like camping.Many young beauties visited, but none passed the test.
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‘You won’t believe this. I found peas in my bed.’‘There was this cold wet bag under the mattress.’3

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