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- The Tossy-Turny Princess and the Pesky Pea: A Fairy Tale to Help You Fall Asleep (Feel-Good Fairy Tales)
The Tossy-Turny Princess and the Pesky Pea: A Fairy Tale to Help You Fall Asleep (Feel-Good Fairy Tales)
Once upon a time there lived a very busy princess who never had trouble falling asleep. Until one night, when a pesky pea changed all that!
Without sleep, the princess feels cranky, and clumsy, and filled with worry that she’ll never sleep again. Will this tossy-turny princess ever be able to calm her mind, relax her body, and finally get some rest?
Book 2 of the Feel-Good Fairy Tales series is a soothing spin on a classic fairytale from New York Times bestselling author Susan Verde and illustrator Jay Fleck, giving restless little readers and listeners the tools they need to help them drift off to dreamland. Includes exercises to help YOU fall asleep.
When she is falling asleep the next day, the people that she spends time with tell her the techniques (yoga, meditation, relaxation) that they use to help them fall asleep. The Princess practices them, and she is eventually able to fall asleep. The end of the book goes into a bit more detail about these techniques for use at home.
What I loved: This is a great book of useful techniques for falling asleep. Everyone has trouble sleeping sometimes, and different things will help different people. The breadth of techniques shown in the book are really helpful, and this would be a great pick for children who might be having trouble sleeping sometimes. The backmatter helps to further detail these techniques to make sure readers can replicate them on their own. The illustrations are vivid and capture the story so well.
What left me wanting more: As a small point, the text can be pretty dense in places, and it's a fairly long story. This would work better for older picture book readers for this reason. The actual fairytale is pretty limited, and it's really more about the techniques.
Final verdict: Overall, THE TOPSY-TURNY PRINCESS AND THE PESKY PEA is a picture book to help with learning techniques to promote sleep. Would recommend this for older picture book readers who are looking for new things to try when they can't sleep rather than those looking for a fairytale (though there is a bit of that too!).