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The Paper Bag Princess (1980)

by Robert N. Munsch

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This story is about a princess named Elizabeth and a prince named Ronald. One day a dragon came to the castle and burned up everything and stole prince Ronald. The only thing the princess could find to wear that was not burnt was a brown paper bag. She was able to follow the dragon because he left a burnt forest trail. When she finally made it to the dragons castle she banged on the door and he told her to go away. She tricked the dragon to do certain things like fly around and burn up forest. Once she tricked the dragon to do all those things he got tierd and fell fast asleep. Then the princess opened the door to get prince Ronald. To her surprise the prince was rude and told her she was a mess, and go get dressed like a princess and come back. She told him he was a bum and left.

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I remember reading this book in class to children when I was an teachers aid. The kids thouht it was mean how the prince acted towards the princess.

Classroom Extensions:
1. I would have the students express their feelings on how prince Ronald acted towards the princess.
2. I would have the students give examples of how the prince should have reacted towards princess Elizabeth. ( )
  shelby22 | Jul 11, 2014 |
Princess Elizabeth is betrothed to Prince Ronald when a large dragon destroys her kingdom, including all of her clothing. Wearing nothing but a paper bag, the very resourceful Princess Elizabeth sets out to rescue her fiancé. When Elizabeth finds the dragon’s cave, she challenges the dragon to prove that he can burn up five forests with just one firey breath. The flattered dragon not only burns up forests, he also flies around the world until exhausted.

Once the dragon is well and truly asleep, Elizabeth finds Prince Ronald who is not nearly as grateful as he ought to be. He is unimpressed with her hair and unimpressed with her clothing and he’d rather she looked like a princess.

A delightful story that depicts the princess as rescuer and the prince as a shallow ingrate, The Paperbag Princess is a great resource for exploring stereotypes.

On our list of Wonderful Canadian Picture Books
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  storytimestandouts | Jun 29, 2014 |
The Princess Elizabeth is slated to marry Prince Ronald when a dragon attacks the castle and kidnaps Ronald. In resourceful and humorous fashion, Elizabeth finds the dragon, outsmarts him, and rescues Ronald --- who is less than pleased at her un-princess-like appearance.
  AyannaMagee | Apr 30, 2014 |
This book would be great for teaching characteristics and character traits. You could use the princess to get them thinking about how they are similar or different from her.
  AMaffett | Apr 29, 2014 |
Damsel in distress no longer! I love this book and how empowering it can be. This princess in the book is unlike all the other princesses in the world! She is going to save her prince from a burning tower! I absolutely loved this book! It's a great read, and it is full of humor! I read this one too my niece and she said it is her new favorite book! ( )
  CMJohnson | Apr 29, 2014 |
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Amazon.com Amazon.com Review (ISBN 0920236162, Paperback)

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

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:23:38 -0400)

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Annick Press

Seven editions of this book were published by Annick Press.

Editions: 0920236162, 1550379151, 0920236251, 0920236820, 1550370987, 1550373919, 1554512115

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