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Once upon a time there was a princess named Penelopea. Penelopea lived in Capital Pea, where people ate peas by the pound — pureed, poached, and pan-fried!

There was just one problem. Penelopea hated peas. So she came up with a plan — but it led to a catastropea of epic proportions!

Eventually, in an effort to make peas disappear from the kingdom forever, she tries just one pea…then another… then another…and discovers they are positively pea-licious after all.

Includes a section for parents and caregivers with ideas for introducing picky eaters to new options, and encouraging children to eat a variety of healthy foods.

About the Authors

Susan D. Sweet, PhD, is a clinical child psychologist and mother of two. She has worked in hospital, school, and community-based settings and is passionate about children's mental health and well-being. Susan loves to cook (and eat!) and hopes to encourage children to view food as one of life's greatest adventures. This is her first book.

Brenda S. Miles, PhD, is a pediatric (pea-diatric!) neuropsychologist who has worked in hospital, rehabilitation, and school settings. While visiting her grandparents as a child, she tried lining up peas under her knife — proficiently and precisely — to avoid eating them. Her grandparents weren't fooled. Now Brenda thinks peas taste positively pleasing! She has written several books for children, including Imagine a Rainbow: A Child's Guide for Soothing Pain, and Stickley Sticks to It! A Frog's Guide to Getting Things Done. This is her first book about peas.

About the Illustrator

Valeria Docampo's inspiration for her art is rooted in everyday life: the eyes of a dog, the shape of a tree, the sound of rainfall, and the aromas of breakfast. Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, she studied fine arts and graphic design at the University of Buenos Aires. She has illustrated several books for children, notably Tout au Bord, La Vallée des Moulins, Phileas's Fortune, and Not Every Princess.

Reviews & Awards

Picky eaters will relate to this story, and the end notes give parents lots of great advice on how to broaden their children's horizons when it comes to eating.
—Mom’s Radius

Adorable, curvy, colorful illustrations perfectly complement the amusing alliterative language style of Princess Penelopea Hates Peas. Perfect puns and funny peas adorn these pea-luscious pages of inspiration for pea-challenged cooks, caregivers, and eaters.
Midwest Book Review

Princess Penelopea Hates Peas is the story of a princess who cannot be convinced to try her peas, no matter what the king and queen do. The book offers parents an opportunity to encourage kids to try new foods. There is a note to parents and caregivers in the back that provides useful tips for getting children to eat a variety of foods. The accompanying illustrations are whimsical and colorful, and help turn a topic that some children may hesitate to embrace into a book that is a great deal of fun to read.
Foreword Reviews