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The Princess and the Pea - by Wombi

May 6, 2011

By: Carisa Kluver

The Digital Media Diet

This is a short version of The Princess and the Pea that is nicely animated and interactive. A bouncing pea greets the reader on the first page. This is one of many things to play with in this digital book. The interactive elements do a great job drawing the child into the story. You can help the Queen answer the door when the Princess arrives, place the pea on the bed, and then stack the mattresses one by one. Now the Princess is ready for her terrible night's sleep.

While this isn't the most in-depth version of this fairytale, with only 10 short pages, it is perfect for young readers. The book is not narrated, however there are nice sound effects to go along with the tappable animations. Every page has different high-quality sounds, like one page with a storm raging, rain & faint knocking.

I would prefer to have narration (with text highlighting as read), however, I was really impressed with this book for the way it's interactivity & animation were integrated into the storyline. When the princess arrives during a storm, the reader gets to tap on the door before it clangs open. My preschooler also loved stacking the mattresses over the pea, although he was a little disappointed that there were only five mattresses to place in the picture when the story says '20'.

Overall this is a cute little version of the Princess and the Pea with some fun ways to be part of the storytelling. It has crisp 'cartoon' graphics, simple arrow page turns and is solidly made. It also makes up for the lack of narration by being available in 10 languages - all in one app.

Contains: English, German, French, Spanish, Dutch, Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Portuguese and Italian.

All reviews are of the app, not the platform/device. Based originally on iPad versions. Minor technical details may vary.


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The Princess and the Pea - by Wombi

May 6, 2011

By: Carisa Kluver

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Han Christian Anderson


Length (time):
4 - 8 Minutes

Based on non-digital book: No

Allows Own Narration:

Uses Motion: Yes

Age: 3 - 8

English • French • Spanish •German •Italian •Dutch •

Length (pages):
10 Pages


Story Synopsis - The Princess and the Pea - by Wombi

This is the classic tale of the princess and the pea. A prince is looking for a 'real' princess and when one stumbles into his castle his mother 'tests' her by putting a pea under 20 mattresses. The princess sleeps terribly, proving she is a princess by being so sensitive and delicate.

From Wikipedia: "The Princess and the Pea" (Danish: "Prinsessen paa Ærten"; literal translation: "The Princess on the Pea") is a literary fairy tale by Hans Christian Andersen about a young woman whose royal identity is established by a test of her physical sensitivity. The tale was first published with three others by Andersen in an inexpensive booklet on 8 May 1835 in Copenhagen by C.A. Reitzel. Andersen had heard the story as a child, and it likely has its source in folk material, possibly originating from Sweden as it is unknown in the Danish oral tradition. Neither "The Princess and the Pea" nor Andersen's other tales of 1835 were well received by Danish critics, who disliked their casual, chatty style, and their lack of morals.


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Orientation: Landscape

Format: Universal


Language Option, Connect to: Twitter, Facebook, Wombi Website, Email & App Store

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Size: 20.7 MB

Version: 1.1

Lite Version Available: No



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