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The Princess Mouse and The Pea

The Princess Mouse and The Pea


From Denmark, we are pleased to offer the most charming depiction of that oh-so-sensitive princess that we've ever seen!

Nestled in her fairy tale castle, the sweet Princess Mouse rests upon a towering stack of soft fabric mattresses, curled up beneath her sweet little blanket and resting her head on a lace floral pillow. With a hand-crocheted pea tucked away between her mattresses, the lovely Princess is dressed in her shimmering and cozy blushing pink gown, topped with a sparkling gold crown.

Whimsical and darling, delight in the wondrous and magical world of this delicate Princess Mouse and her pea.

Castle measures 6 3/4" x 5 3/4", 6 Mattresses measure 5 1/4" x 2 3/4", Pillow measures 3 1/8" x 1 1/2", Mouse measures 5 1/4".

The Princess and the Pea

There was once a prince, and he wanted a princess, but then she must be a real Princess. He traveled right around the world to find one, but there was always something wrong. There were plenty of princesses, but whether they were real princesses he had great difficulty in discovering; there was always something which was not quite right about them. So at last he had come home again, and he was very sad because he wanted a real princess so badly.

One evening there was a terrible storm; it thundered and lightninged and the rain poured down in torrents; indeed it was a fearful night.  In the middle of the storm somebody knocked at the town gate, and the old King himself went to open it.

It was a princess who stood outside, but she was in a terrible state from the rain and the storm. The water streamed out of her hair and her clothes; it ran in at the top of her shoes and out at the heel, but she said that she was a real princess.

'Well we shall soon see if that is true,' thought the old Queen, but she said nothing. She went into the bedroom, took all the bed clothes off and laid a pea on the bedstead: then she took twenty mattresses and piled them on top of the pea, and then twenty feather beds on top of the mattresses. This was where the princess was to sleep that night. In the morning they asked her how she slept.

'Oh terribly bad!' said the princess. 'I have hardly closed my eyes the whole night! Heaven knows what was in the bed. I seemed to be lying upon some hard thing, and my whole body is black and blue this morning. It is terrible!'

They saw at once that she must be a real princess when she had felt the pea through twenty mattresses and twenty feather beds. Nobody but a real princess could have such a delicate skin.

So the prince took her to be his wife, for now he was sure that he had found a real princess, and the pea was put into the Museum, where it may still be seen if no one has stolen it.

Now this is a true story.

The Princess and the Pea is a fairy tale written by the beloved Danish author Hans Christian Andersen.  This tale of a young woman whose royal identity is established by a test of her physical sensitivity was first published along with three other fairy tales by Andersen in an inexpensive booklet on May 8, 1835. Andersen had heard the story as a child, and it likely has its source in folk material, but the story probably actually originated in 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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