The Paper Bag Princess Paperback – May 1 1980
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Elizabeth, a beautiful princess, lives in a castle and wears fancy clothes. Just when she is about to marry Prince Ronald, a dragon smashes her castle, burns her clothes with his fiery breath, and prince-naps her dear Ronald. Undaunted and presumably unclad, she dons a large paper bag and sets off to find the dragon and her cherished prince. Once she's tracked down the rascally reptile, she flatters him into performing all sorts of dragonly stunts that eventually exhaust him, allowing her to rescue Prince Ronald. But what does Prince Not-So-Charming say when he sees her? "You smell like ashes, your hair is all tangled and you are wearing a dirty old paper bag. Come back when you are dressed like a real princess." (At least he has the courtesy not to mention that the princess's crown resembles a dying sea anemone.) In any case, let's just say that Princess Elizabeth and Prince Ronald do not, under any circumstances, live happily ever after. Canadian author Robert Munsch celebrates feisty females everywhere with this popular favorite, and Michael Martchenko's scratchy, comical, pen-and-ink drawings capture the tongue-in-cheek quality of this read-aloud crowd pleaser. (Ages 4 to 8) --Karin Snelson --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Included in “Louise Erdrich’s 10 Favorite Books to Read to Kids .” —People Magazine
“Witty, vibrant and original.” —Globe and Mail
“... a classic feminist picture book.” —Montreal Gazette
“This humorous story sends an assuring message to readers about women's (and girls) potential to break through sex-role stereotyping. This book, a pioneer of a slowly growing genre of non-traditional prince and princess stories, introduces a positive image of an empowered woman for children and adults alike.”—Electronic Magazine of Multicultural Education
“A great girl-power story ...” —FamilyFun Magazine
“One of the best princess stories ever told, Elizabeth turns the princess stereotype on its head, empowering young girls to be true to themselves.” —BC Parent, 10/05
“... remains a staple in the KidLit pantheon.”—Hamilton Spectator, 10/09/05
“… a trailblazer in gender-bending picture books.”—The Huffington Post Canada, 05/04/15
“Some of the best children’s books ever written have been about girls—like The Paper Bag Princess.”—The New York Times
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The children were filled with laughter at various points in the story, especially when I would flip to the page in which Elizabeth tricks the dragon into using up all of his firey dragon breath-the children would instantly yell out, "He doesn't have enough dragon breath to cook a meatball...ha ha ha".
By the middle of the week, the children were reciting this story to thier friends and parents, and even acting it out (they enjoyed calling each other bums at the end). Munsch stories are truly a delight for any classroom or individual child's library!
I have bought this for all friends with new babies...girls and boys. What a gift when we grace our children with the power of confidence and imagination.
As you'll see from the other reviews here, this tale is about a young girl who, filled with nothing but courage, charity and a fair bit of brains, goes off to rescue a young prince from a ferocious dragon. After using all of her cunning to defeat the dragon she discovers that the prince is a bit of a monster himself, and so she decides not to marry him after all.
Although I agree that the story has a wealth of small lessons for children to learn about boys and girls and expectations and disappointments, I think that one of its strongest points is that the book serves as a wonderful introduction to the fact that not all stories end the way we expect them to (it's still a happy ending, just a different one) and that sometimes a twist can be more satisfying anyway.
Highly recommended for children from 3 to 103.
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Always a favourite, the Paper Bag Princess remains one of my stocking fillers for younger friends and family. Munsch is a terrific story teller.Published 1 month ago by Suzanne Dennison
Classic kids book. If you're reading this book for the first time as an adult you probably won't remember how cheeky the ending is lolPublished 2 months ago by Anonymous
This is one of the best Robert munsch books ever written. It teaches kids that the Prince isn't always the best choice in life and looks are not everything, and is still a great... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Gem
I have always called my granddaughter princess, so this is for her.Published 4 months ago by Ricki Herling
My son wanted this book because he has almost all the others. He likes it, but not has fav.Published 6 months ago by Ladykit1980
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