I love Saturdays-even if I have to work, it is such a luxurious day to be able to take my time to do the things I have to do. I have done more sticking of photos today and then some fun work-making a small world version of the Princess and the Pea for story telling next week. It has a pink glittery bed, twelve little mattresses and a lolly stick ladder. I have made little people from some Amazon packaging. I have a few versions of the story. In one the qualities of a 'real' princess are explained-kindness and politeness. In another the pea has to give the princess subliminal messages while she sleeps so that she can overcome her politeness and complain about her bad night. This version is told from the point of view of the pea. My favourite is the Lauren Child version as she has created dolls house type scenes, with paper characters. It is lovely. In all the versions the bed has twelve mattresses on it, and the real princess turns up in the middle of a storm. I am not sure that I like the message in this story-it seems quite elitist to me-and wondered how to address this with the children who may find concepts of elitism a bit beyond them. I thought we could talk about the things that are important to make us good people. I am going to ask them what they think a real princess is.
I do like the way the story lends itself to illustration though. I have done a little drawing, made the small version and done the doodle above. I love the idea of a bed with twelve mattresses on and a ladder to climb to get into it. I love the way the Princess turns up in a storm too, like she is some kind of magical being. My other doodle is not related to anything-but does have twelve faces by chance.
Here are the versions of the story:-