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Princess Prunella and the Purple Peanut Paperback – January 1, 2002


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  • Paperback
  • Publisher: Key Porter Books (2002)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1550137891
  • ISBN-13: 978-1550137897
  • Product Dimensions: 9.4 x 9.4 x 0.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,810,169 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on February 27, 1999
Format: Hardcover
This book is very entertaining. Both my daughters enjoy listening to me read it to them. A very good girls book with a lot of humour and lessons learned. You don't have to be pretty in life to be happy. I would recommend it to a friend or give it as a present. Appropreiate for ages 4 to 9.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Cipriano on October 6, 2006
Format: Hardcover
OK, here is what the book is about, in a purple nutshell.

Prunella, a proud, prissy, princess, plans to marry a pinheaded prince who will pamper her--until a wise old woman's spell puts a purple peanut on the princess's pretty nose.

See, the book is written in profound proliferation of purposely placed "p" words.

It is a real thoroughgoing exercise in alliteration.

Like, here are a few example sentences:

"Princess Prunella lived in a pink palace with her pinheaded parents, Princess Patty and Prince Peter, her three plump pussycats, Patience, Prue and Pringle, and her puppy dog, Pug."

Or, I loved this one: "And for supper she fed Prunella some parsley and paprika soup, a pile of potted pigeon and pike and pickerel pancakes, and some pepper and porridge preserve, on a pretty plate patterned with pendulous poppies."

This is not Atwood's first or only foray into alliterative books for kids. There is also one called Rude Ramsay and the Roaring Radishes, and the soon-to-be-published Bashful Bob and Doleful Dorinda.

She says: "Princess Prunella began as a story I used to tell my little girl when I was brushing out her long curly hair. I was used to telling stories to children, as I worked with them a lot when I was a teen-ager. I was a camp counsellor, for instance. Also I had a much younger sister -- I was in charge of her Hallowe'en birthday party, which was always a dramatic event. I used to paint my face green, gather the children underneath the dining room table, turn out all the lights, and tell them ghost stories. In addition to that, I had a puppet show, which I ran with a friend of mine.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Ana Perusquia on September 19, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I don't think many famous authors can achieve good books for children, but Atwood did it! Princess Prunella not only is a beautiful story, but the way the author plays with words and adjectives is fantastic. Very good book for children who are not very interested in reading. If you read it aloud for them and play it as a tongue twister, they'll love it!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful A Kid's Review on December 20, 2009
Format: Hardcover
For three years (starting when she was 5) we have enjoyed reading this book to our grand daughter who lives in Belgium and whose native language is French. When she visits us -- it's all about English and this book has lots of fun word twists. The story is great too -- we made hand puppets of the main characters and put on a puppet show for the family, based on the story. I've just ordered another one for our grand children living in CA. Can't wait to start sharing it with them.
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