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The Paper Bag Princess by Robert N. Munsch

The Paper Bag Princess (1980)

by Robert N. Munsch

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I liked this book a lot! I thought the author did a good job. I liked this book for a few different reasons. The first reason I liked this book was because the author set the female character up as the hero, which doesn't always happen in a traditional fairytale. I think this encourages girls to be strong and be a problem solver. I also liked the way the author set up the plot. It was suspenseful and encouraged the reader to continue reading. The author gave the text and easy, fun flow. The third reason that I liked the book was the cute illustrations that added some fun and whimsy to the story. The big idea of this book was traditional role reversal- girls are smart and can save the day too. ( )
  lmorte1 | Sep 30, 2015 |
The Paper Bag Princess is not typical fairy tale, and adds a unique spin to the genre. The main character, Princess Elizabeth, is smart, creative, and independent. She does not follow the typical “damsel in distress” princess mold. Princess Elizabeth has to go rescue her love, Prince Ronald, from a dragon. In most stories, it is the other way around. When the dragon kidnaps Prince Ronald, his breathing fire burns Princess Elizabeth’s dress and all she can find to wear is a paper bag. After she rescues Ronald, he criticized her appearance and says she does not look like a princess. That made Princess Elizabeth realize that Prince Ronald was not her true love. She did not want to be treated like that, so she stood up for herself and called Prince Ronald a bum. This proves that everything happens for a reason. ( )
  VictoriaStagg | Sep 24, 2015 |
The Paper Bag Princess is a picture book classic. Filled with fun and lighthearted pictures, this story also has some depth to it. The princess is engaged to a prince who gets stolen by the dragon. The princess, with nothing but a paper bag to cover herself, confronts the dragon to save her prince. When the prince is saved he comments on her paper bag, saying that a princess should be better dressed. Upon hearing this, the princess ditches her prince and goes off on her own. This is a great story for any child to read, and a great story for children to get in depth to. First, the princess decides to go rescue her prince, she doesn't wait for him; showing that women should not wait around for something to happen. If you want something, work hard to get it. Then there's the prince, which teaches kids that you need to learn to appreciate things; if someone comes to rescue you from a dragon, say thank you and don't comment on what they are wearing. There is so much a child can learn from this story, plus it appeals to them with the pictures and the style of writing. ( )
  brittanyhamann | Sep 22, 2015 |
The story of THE PAPER BAG PRINCESS is a non-traditional fairy tale about a princess named Elizabeth who lives in a castle and has very expensive clothes. She is going to marry Prince Ronald, but Ronald is inevitably kidnapped by a dragon that burns down the castle. Gender stereotypes are broken as Elizabeth sets out to save her prince wearing nothing but a paper bag. Upon attempt to rescue Ronald, Elizabeth is turned down because she doesn't look like a real princess so he decides not to marry the shallow prince anyway. Michael Martchenko created bright illustrations that engage the reader and capture the story well, especially the dragon. Robert Munsch took a great twist on classic princess stories, introducing some themes that get young readers thinking. One obvious theme is that girls don’t always have to be the helpless ones getting rescued. When reading this story to students, a teacher could use a Learning Experience Approach and encourage them to make connections by asking questions like, “What would you have done if you were the prince?” or “What do you think about the princess choosing not to marry the prince in the end?” Afterwards, the teacher could ask students illustrate the story as if they were Elizabeth. ( )
  k.hostetler11 | Sep 14, 2015 |
This is a fairy-tale story ( )
  CErickson13 | Sep 10, 2015 |
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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

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Elizabeth decides to chase the dragon and get Ronald back.

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Annick Press

6 editions of this book were published by Annick Press.

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

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