The Paper Bag Princess (Hardback)
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DescriptionAfter her castle and clothes are destroyed by the dragon, Princess Elizabeth, dressed only in a paper bag, sets out to rescue Prince Ronald, who was taken captive.
- Published: 01 February 1992
- Format: Hardback 28 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780920236826 ISBN 10: 0920236820
- Sales rank: 37,220
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Reviews for The Paper Bag Princess
Good job, Robert Munsch
At first, the story looks like any other fairy tale. There is a princess, a prince and a dragon, typical fairy tale characters; however, this is not your classical fairy tale. Thank god for that. Stories where princesses are waiting to be rescued by charming princes and are so delicate and helpless that they might faint any moment, are really getting old. This one is different, all the pieces of fairy tales are there (big bad dragon, a prince, a princess, a castle, the rescue and cunning) but the way they are put together is something different, something new and fresh.
The language is smooth and the characters are well developed. The author managed to create real, picturesque characters with only a few lines. Forget about Snow White, Cinderella and Aurora who get their happy ending not because they are particularly smart or because they had worked hard for it but because they are beautiful, that is all. What an accomplishment. This is not what we want to teach our children. The Paper Bag Princess gives us a real heroine. The main character is strong, clever and independent, a great role model for girls and boys.
The story is appropriate for children between ages 3 to 8, but even I as a grown up enjoyed reading the story. I think that has a lot to do with the story itself, characters, wonderful illustrations and humor. Humor is what gives the story that kick, children and adults alike would appreciate it greatly. The story has an interesting and unexpected ending and it makes you say: “High five.”
The story comes to life with the help of expressive illustrations: the snobbish prince, the mean and not very clever dragon and one determined princess. The illustrations are playful with a dose of funny. Nicely done. by Nadja
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The Paper Bag Princess
After finishing reading Robert MunschÃ???Ã??Ã?Â¢??s The Paper Bag Princess, I wanted to give a high five to my best friend. Seriously. Since she wasnÃ???Ã??Ã?Â¢??t around, a self high five had to do it. ThatÃ???Ã??Ã?Â¢??s the real "girl power" material, I thought. I couldnÃ???Ã??Ã?Â¢??t be happier for Princess Elizabeth.
She was a charming princess who had everything every little girl wants at some point of her childhood: tons of gorgeous clothes, a handsome fiancÃ????Ã???Ã??Ã?Â©, and a mighty, fabulous castle. Nevertheless, one thing she didnÃ???Ã??Ã?Â¢??t have in mind when picturing her perfect future was a dragon smashing her home, burning her wardrobe, and kidnapping Prince Ronald. Putting on the only thing left from the destruction, a paper bag, Elizabeth decided to fight for her prince and started her mission to outsmart the dragon.
MunschÃ???Ã??Ã?Â¢??s concrete, witty language and MartachenkoÃ???Ã??Ã?Â¢??s straightforward, amusing illustrations create some inspiring messages. Number one: life ainÃ???Ã??Ã?Â¢??t all sunshine and rainbows, so watch out for the dragons. Number two: anybody can kick ass in a ball gown, but only some can do it in a paper bag dress. Number three: not every prince is a prince charming; some of them are real bums. Finally, no matter what happens, a princess should always keep wearing her crown and make sure on her own to run off happily into the sunset every single day.
ThatÃ???Ã??Ã?Â¢??s the book my girlfriends are getting for their birthdays this year. Every young girl should read it, and, if being honest, some of their older sisters and mothers too. Dear ladies, independence, self-respect, and a little bit of courage is all we need to break traditional gender norms and get our happily ever afters. by Maja Rupnik