The Princess and the Peanut Allergy

Regina and her mom are busy preparing for her birthday party. It’s going to be a princess party with the perfect cake that looks like a castle and has ice cream cone towers. Regina is inviting all the girls in her class, including her best friend, Paula. Paula is excited, too, until she finds out about the cake. It will have nutty fudge brownies and peanut butter candies. Paula can’t eat that cake—she can’t go anywhere near that cake—because she has a peanut allergy. Regina really wants her cake, and she and Paula fight about it.  That afternoon they both go home mad.  But that night, after Regina reads her favorite story, “The Princess and the Pea,” she thinks more about her friend and the cake.  The next morning she has a great plan that will please everyone.

  • 32 Pages
  • 8" x 10"
  • 9780807566237
  • March 2009

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  • Though clearly purposeful, this picture book could be a good way to open a classroom discussion of severe food allergies.

    - Booklist

  • The message that friendship is more important than peanuts comes through loud and clear.

    - The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

  • The story helps illustrate to youngsters the seriousness of food allergies and promotes understanding of those that are different.

    - Children's Literature


Common Core

RL.K.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9,10 RL.1.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,9 RL.2.1,2,3,5,6,7,10


  • Accelerated Reader Points: 0.50
  • ATOS Level: 2.40