Alicia Salazar

La Princesa and the Pea by Susan Middleton Ella and Juana Martinez-Neal

Today’s selection begins Bilingual Corner. Every last Sunday of the month, I will feature a bilingual book in my Picture Book of the week blog. They might be bilingual English/Spanish, or they might be in English and another language. Be sure to read every week, but especially the week of the month!


Have you ever wanted something that your parents did not approve of?

The Picture Book of the Week is La Princesa and the Pea, written by Susan Middleton Elya ( and illustrated by Juana Martinez-Neal (

About the Book:

La Princesa and the Pea is a retelling of the classic children’s story, The Princess on the Pea, set in Peru. The story tells of a prince who fell in love with a girl that his mother did not approve of. In order to test her, his mother, the Queen, placed a tiny pea underneath twenty mattresses to test whether the girl was a princess. The illustrations vibrantly capture Peruvian culture, while the words add a twist to the story at the end. I loved this bilingual adaptation of the classic tale and kids will love it, too.

Watch an interview with Juana Martinez-Neal answering questions about her illustrations:

Writing Exercise for Kids:


Have you ever wanted something really bad? Think about something you really, really wanted. Write about what you did to get it


¿Alguna vez haz deseado algo con todas tus fuerzas? Piensa en algo que haz deseado con todo to corazón. Escribe lo que hiciste para conseguirlo.

I would love to read your stories. If you would like to share, please send them to

Happy writing!


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