The Real Princess

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Practise your maths skills while enjoying this quirky take on 'The Princess and the Pea.' The King and Queen and their three sons are on the search for a real princess, but it is only the Queen who knows the secret. After the story, there is an opportunity for readers to test their counting skills with fun number games. Suitable for ages 4 - 9.

"The Real Princess" has also been published in Spanish, Chinese, Brazilian, Portugese and Finnish.

"The Real Princess" can be purchased from Barefoot Books.

For interesting activities including puzzles, maths questions and making Princess feather beds, check out the Fun Stuff section of the website.

"The Real Princess" was featured in Scholastic's Top 50 Best Books - Top Reads for Children, 2009

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"Complimented by the bright imaginative illustrations by Fatus, this is an excellent way to introduce counting and numeracy skills. Overall, it is a nice story with fun, bold illustrations and should captivate any young listener."
- Elizabeth Baskeyfield. The School Librarian

"Children will love keeping count of the number of magical peas...and totting up the bags of gold...and they will love the way Brenda Williams weaves original ideas into the much-loved and familiar storyline of the "The Princess and the Pea" including a false ending to keep the reader guessing."
- Literacy Time PLUS 5-9 May 2009

"Travel to a land far away and step into a fantastical world of maths and magic with author, Brenda Williams."
- Warwick Words Festival 1-4 October 2009

"Ought to prove a beguiling mix of number lore and fairy tale...a riot of numerical coincidences...this is the kind of hidden pattern that children delight in discovering."
-Jim Holt, New York, Sunday Times January 2009

"Children love fairy tales and traditional stories and this book is colourful, pleasant to read and cleverly written."
- Scholastic "Read Me - Best Books 2009" Top Reads for Children

"Has a lovely mathematical slant on this traditional tale... and it's got classic written all over it. Use the story for counting, sequences, ordinal numbers and much more."
- Scholastic Child Education PLUS, August 2008