You can read Hans Christian Andersen's version of The Princess and the Pea on the SurLaLune website.
The SurLaLune website includes lots of information about The Princess and the Pea, including details of the history of the story. You may find useful information here for your Princess and the Pea timeline.
This fairy tale website, compiled by the University of Pittsburgh, includes Hans Christian Andersen's version of the Princess and the Pea. You can also find a number of fairy tales which are similar to the Princess and the Pea story.
You may find useful information here for your Princess and the Pea timeline.
Different people see different moral messages in the Princess and the Pea tale, below are a few examples.
Think about the story of the Princess and the Pea, which of these do you think is the main moral lesson for this story?
Small things can make a big difference
Don't judge people on the wrong things
As explained in the Conventions of fairy tales section, a fairy story always includes a number of important elements. In the story of Princess and the Pea the elements include:
In the Princess and the Pea story the good character is the princess character.
Do you think there is a bad character in this story? Do you think the queen is a baddy?
Can you think of any supporting characters in this story?
Do you think there is any magic in this story?
OBSTACLE OR TASK
A fairy tale usually includes an obstacle or task which the characters must tackle with to reach their happy ending. In this story the test is whether the princess can sleep in the bed with the pea.
HAPPILY EVER AFTER
The Princess passes the test set by the queen so the prince and princess are able to marry and they live happily ever after...
There are several morals that can be derived from "The Princess and the Pea." However, the most popular one is that people should not judge others based on their appearances. Some of the other morals of this fairy tale are that first impressions are not always correct and that the smallest of things can make a difference.
What do you think is the moral message of the Princess and the Pea story? Read some suggestions in the left hand column and then vote for the moral which you think is the main lesson of this tale. When you have voted, have a look and see what other people think.