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Edith Bowman - The Princess and the Pig

An exciting bedtime story. A princess and a pig are swapped by accident in the royal nursery. Edith Bowman reads The Princess and the Pig.


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Hello.

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My name is Edith and I'm here to tell you a bedtime story

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all about an unexpected mix-up.

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Would you like to hear it?

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You would? Great. Well, get yourself nice and comfortable.

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The story's called The Princess And The Pig

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and it's by Jonathan Emmett and Poly Bernatene.

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Not that long ago, in a kingdom not far from here,

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a farmer was travelling home from market with a cart-load of straw.

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The farmer was so poor, he didn't have a horse

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and had to pull his own cart.

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In the back of the cart lay a tiny, pink piglet.

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Nobody wanted to buy the piglet at market,

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but the farmer had taken pity on it.

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"I'll call you Pigmella," he decided,

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as this seemed like a good name for a pig.

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It was a hot day

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and the farmer stopped to rest in the shade of a great castle.

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Far, far above him, on a high balcony,

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a queen was inspecting her new baby daughter.

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The Queen was so rich that she has seven nannies

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and didn't have to look after her own child.

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The Queen picked the baby out of her cot and held her at arm's length.

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"I'll call it Priscilla," she decided,

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as this seemed like a good name for a princess.

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A moment later, a wet squelching noise came from the baby's nappy,

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closely followed by an awful smell.

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"Yuck!" shrieked the Queen,

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dropping the baby and running off to find the royal nannies.

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She left so quickly, she didn't notice

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that she had dropped the baby over the edge of the balcony.

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Down, down, down went the baby, into the farmer's cart.

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Up, up, up flew the piglet, into the princess' cot.

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When the Queen returned

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and found the piglet lying where the baby should have been,

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she let out an even louder shriek and fainted into the nannies' arms.

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The King thought he knew what had happened.

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"A bad fairy has done this," he explained.

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"The fairy wasn't invited to the princess' christening,

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"so she's turned the baby into a piglet to get her revenge.

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"It's the sort of thing that happens all the while in books."

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Meanwhile, the farmer had returned home

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and was startled to discover a baby girl

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lying where the piglet should have been.

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The farmer's wife thought she knew what had happened.

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"A good fairy has done this," she explained.

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"The fairy knew how poor and honest we are,

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"and how badly we want a child

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"so she's turned the piglet into a baby.

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"It's the sort of thing that happens all the while in books."

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And so, without a second thought, the baby became Pigmella,

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the farmer's daughter.

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And the piglet became Priscilla, the princess.

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It wasn't long before Pigmella was able to eat,

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walk,

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and dress all by herself.

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And the farmer and his wife soon forgot that she'd ever been a pig.

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Things were not so easy for Priscilla.

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But the King and Queen never let anyone forget

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that she was really a princess.

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As Pigmella grew older, she grew clever and beautiful

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and was admired by everyone she met.

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As Priscilla grew older, she grew not so clever and not so beautiful

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and was avoided by everyone she met.

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Then one day, the farmer's wife overheard

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some of the castle servants

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talking about the princess who had turned into a pig.

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"It's just like what happened to Pigmella," she told her husband.

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"Only the other way around."

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The farmer soon guessed what had happened.

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"The princess and the pig must have swapped places somehow,"

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he explained.

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"It's the sort of thing that happens all the while in books."

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The poor farmer and his wife were very unhappy.

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They loved Pigmella,

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but they knew they must return her to her rightful home.

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Pigmella was also unhappy. She loved the farmer and his wife

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and did not want to live with anyone else.

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But they were an honest family, so the next day,

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they all went to the castle to see the King and Queen.

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The King and Queen listened to the farmer's story,

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but they didn't believe it.

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"What nonsense," cried the Queen.

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"Ridiculous," laughed the King.

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"This girl may be clever and beautiful,

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"but she does not look or speak like a proper princess."

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The Queen thought she knew what was happening.

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"It's a trick," she declared. "This girl is just a farmer's daughter,

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"pretending to be a princess in the hope she might marry a prince.

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"It's the sort of thing that happens all the while in books."

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And so Pigmella returned home with the farmer and his wife,

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where she married a young shepherd and lived happily ever after,

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and never once wished that she'd been a princess.

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And Priscilla also got married to a handsome prince,

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although he had to be talked into it.

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"Priscilla was changed into a pig by a bad fairy," the King explained.

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"But once you kiss her, the spell will be broken and she'll turn back

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"into a beautiful princess," added the Queen.

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"It's the sort of thing that happens all the while in books,"

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they assured him.

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But unfortunately for the prince,

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it's not the sort of thing that happens in this particular book.

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That was a funny story, wasn't it?

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It was called The Princess And The Pig

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and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I did.

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It's bedtime now, so you better get ready for a good, long sleep.

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I'll be back again soon with another story. Sleep tight.

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A princess and a pig are swapped by accident in the royal nursery. Could this be the magic of fairies? Edith Bowman reads The Princess and the Pig.