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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 loved this modern take on a classic fairytale. My favorite aspect of the book was that it pushed the reader to think differently about girls. Many times in fairytales the girl is portray as a princess who is unable to defend herself or be the hero. In The Paper Bag Princess, Elizabeth not only saves herself she outsmarts the dragon and tries to save her prince. She is depicted as smart, brave and the hero. I think this gives the reader a much better image and idea of girls and their independence. Piggybacking off that, I really enjoyed the main character, Elizabeth. In the story she comes to save her prince and he tells her she is dirty, wearing an ugly paper bag, and smells then tells her to come back and rescue her when she’s dressed like a “real princess.” Elizabeth stands up for herself and tells him that while he may look nice on the outside he is a bum. Elizabeth remains independent, and is smart, and kind. She is a great role model character for the readers. Finally I really liked the illustrations in the book. They are colorful and match the text very well. One of my favorite illustrations is when the dragon is burning up the forests. The entire page is red, orange and yellow and the colors reflect on the dragon and Elizabeth. I think this helps the reader see how large the fire is and how much fire the dragon is using up. The big idea/message in this story is sometimes people are not what they seem and that you must stand up for yourself as Elizabeth did. ( )
  EmilyBeer | Oct 14, 2014 |
This book is about Princess Elizabeth. I like this book because it is an example of an out of the ordinary fairytale. The princess is not a typical princess because she does not wear a pretty dress. She also fights the dragon and saves the prince. I liked this book because it has a modern twist on fairytales and shows that females can be strong, independent, and in charge. The illustrations in this book enhance the story. They help tell the story and are colorful and successful. The language in the book is descriptive and the writing is organized and well-paced. The plot makes sense and has a conflict and resolution. After Elizabeth saves the prince there is an unexpected twist to the ending. "Ronald," said Elizabeth, "your clothes are really pretty and your hair is very neat. You look like a real prince, but you are a bum." "They didn't get married after all." The last page then shows Elizabeth jumping/skipping into the sunset. I really liked this ending because it showed Elizabeth the princess making her own decisions and being happy alone. She didn't need to be saved by the prince and marry the prince to be happy. Overall, I liked this book because of the unexpected twist on a fairytale. The big idea of this book is independence and female power. ( )
  smeyer8 | Oct 13, 2014 |
This extremely funny and amusing story will have readers giggling on every page. The first aspect to this is the plot. This story is unlike any fairytale you have ever read. I would consider it a “broken fairytale” of sorts. The prince is the one in distress and the brave princess wears a dirty paper bag on her adventure to save her beautiful prince. This plot captivates its readers from the beginning, and then the descriptive illustrations help to continue the laughter. What the language lacked the drawings helped to convey, such as the princess’ anger and the dragons’ exhaustion. Although the illustrations supported the writing, the writing itself was riveting. It included a number of descriptive words that helped support the idea of the prissy prince and the strong princess. These choices that the author made support their main idea that not every story or fairy tale ends the same way, and that every princess has the ability to change their fate and saves themselves. ( )
  ShelbyBurton | Sep 28, 2014 |
This is a great book which addresses the topic of gender stereotyping and judgement. Elizabeth, a beautiful princess is set to marry prince Ronald. However, the story takes a turn when prince Ronald is captured by the fiery dragon and Elizabeth sets out to find him. One element of the book I truly enjoyed was how well developed Elizabeth's character was and how she didn't fit the norm for a typical princess in a fairy tale. In the beginning, her appearance was beautiful and gentle, yet her personality was witty and clever. An example of this is when Elizabeth tricks the dragon into tiring himself out by flying around the world in only seconds and falling asleep so that she can rescue prince Ronald Another element of the book I liked was the nontraditional ending of the story. In a typical fairy-tale, the princess is usually in distress and the prince is the one who rescues her. In this story, the princess is the rescuer, but is turned down by her prince because of her raggedy appearance and wearing paper bag since that is all she was left with to wear. He tells her, "You are not wearing any shoes and you smell like a dragon's ear. Come back and rescue me when you're dressed like a real princess" Again, Elizabeth's well-developed character shines through as she tells prince Ronald that although he looks very nice, he is a bum for belittling her appearance after she risked her life to save him. The big idea of this story is that women should be appreciated more for their personality rather than their looks, or vice-a-verse. Furthermore, no matter the gender of a person, anyone and everyone can be a hero. ( )
  KaraHankins | Sep 23, 2014 |
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 |
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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

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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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