The Princess and the Peanut: A Royally Allergic Tale by Sue Ganz-Schmitt and illustrated by Micah Chambers-Goldberg was released last month and provides a unique and educational twist on a medical condition.
Book description from the publisher:
Every queen knows that in order to find out if a princess is REAL, one must send the "alleged" princess to bed on a magnificent pile of mattresses, slip in a pea, and see how she sleeps. But when the royal kitchen is fresh out peas, the queen tries a peanut instead. The princess turns out to be as real as her food allergies.
This vibrant and humorous tale inspires, and educates children with allergies, as well as those who live in, and around food sensitive kingdoms. Includes a food allergy guide for adults, and kid-friendly allergy definitions.
That said, it's not the first to take on this issue with this tale because we had a similar book released in 2009, The Princess and the Peanut Allergyby Wendy McClure and illustrated by Tammie Lyon.
Regina and her mom are busy preparing for her birthday party. It's going to be a princess party with the perfect cake that looks like a castle and has ice cream cone towers. Regina is inviting all the girls in her class, including her best friend, Paula. Paula is excited, too, until she finds out about the cake. It will have nutty fudge brownies and peanut butter candies. Paula can't eat that cake--she can't go anywhere near that cake--because she has a peanut allergy. Regina really wants her cake, and she and Paula fight about it. That afternoon they both go home mad. But that night, after Regina reads her favorite story, "The Princess and the Pea," she thinks more about her friend and the cake. The next morning she has a great plan that will please everyone.
So two books, one tale, one message, but with slightly different approaches. The math is confusing! But interesting all the same, isn't it? The storytelling and illustration styles are vastly different. You can peek inside both books on Amazon with the Look Inside feature, but I didn't have the time to get pictures and format for the blog.