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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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Recommended by Susan Dorson.

Loved this! Read it twice in a row. A dragon burns down Elizabeth's castle and all her clothes, and steals her prince, Ronald, so Elizabeth puts on the only thing she can find (a paper bag) and goes off to rescue him. She does this by cleverly complimenting the dragon into showing off his fire-breathing and flying, effectively tuckering him out. But when Ronald criticizes her appearance, she gives him what-for, and they don't get married after all. A kick-ass fairy tale that everyone should read! ( )
  JennyArch | Dec 6, 2014 |
cute short read. Fantasy type book for young children because they love to explore their own imagination. Princess, prince and dragon story. Not typical disney princess story ( )
  pamelapaige | Nov 29, 2014 |
I will use this as a reading activity by reading the story to the students and before reading they will make predictions. After reading they will act out what they comprehended from the story. They will make their own character puppets and act out. They will be enjoy the story because they will be making predictions the entire time. ( )
  hollyegirard | Nov 29, 2014 |
I thought the “Paper Bag Princess” was very interesting and unpredictable. Specifically speaking, I think children would find humor in the story’s plot. Since the plot is unpredictable, children would enjoy reading about a princess that wears a paper bag, rather than a long, fancy ball gown. Furthermore, this story would be a great example to use in order to have children predict what will happen next. Since it is unlike most fairytales, the prince and princess do not marry. Instead, the princess has her own happily ever after. Readers would also enjoy the illustrations in this story because they depict the humorous writing so well. Some of these illustrations include: the princess in her ragged and torn paper bag, the sleepy dragon that breathes fire, and the tidy prince that the princess saves. The central idea of this story serves to the fact that not all stories end the way we expect them to. It can still be a happy ending, just a different one. ( )
  Ebutzn1 | Nov 26, 2014 |
In my opinion, this is a great book. I liked this book because of the plot and the character Elizabeth. The story is a great twist on a traditional fairy tale. There is a happy ending, just not the happy ending most people expect. When a dragon destroys Elizabeth’s castle and steals Prince Ronald, Elizabeth jumps into action to save him. Elizabeth couldn't find any clothes that weren't burnt, so she ended up wearing a paper bag. After cleverly tricking the dragon, Elizabeth saves Ronald. Prince Ronald was not impressed, “Elizabeth, you are a mess! 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.” Instead of getting upset and trying to clean herself up, Elizabeth realized Ronald is not who he seemed. “‘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.” I like the plot because the girl is the one who saves the day. The prince was the helpless one in this story. The ending was not what I expected it to be, but I was pleasantly surprised. I liked Elizabeth because of her courage. She was not afraid to face down the dragon. I also like Elizabeth because of her intelligence. She didn't need strength and a sword to beat the dragon; she outsmarted him. I also like how Elizabeth did not get upset about not marrying Ronald. Instead, the last illustration shows Elizabeth happily running off into the sunset. The big idea of this story is that people are not always as they seem. Even though a person has fancy clothes and nice hair, it doesn't mean that they are a nice person. ( )
  Chawki6 | Nov 2, 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

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Elizabeth decides to chase the dragon and get Ronald back.

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

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