The Paper Bag Princess
- Annick Press Ltd
- Publication Date:
- 31 December 1996
- Picture Books
Showing 1-4 out of 30 reviews. Previous | Next
I loved this book! It had so many great elements in it that I can't even point to which is my favorite. Is it the fact that she's a smart, practical, fearless female who doesn't balk at wearing a paper bag if it's necessary, despite the fact that she's a princess? Is it the fact that she tracks and outwits the dragon? Or is it the fact that she realizes that the prince is no prince if he cares that much about how she looks?I really enjoyed this book, and it definitely caught my daughter's imagination. I think I might look into actually buying this book, as I think it should be part of our personal library.
Feminist with a light and funny tone, kids will crack up at the story that has a very good message of female empowerment as well.
A favorite of mine when I was a little girl, and I still love it to this middle-aged day. The story is of Princess Elizabeth, who lives in a beautiful castle and loves Prince Ronald. Until a dragon comes along and destroys the castle, burns all her fancy clothes, and carries Prince Ronald away. Reduced to wearing a paper bag, but undaunted, Elizabeth tracks the dragon down. In the tradition of trickery tales, she outwits the creature ... only to learn that Ronald isn't the prize she thought he was. Smart girl, she casts her old infatuation aside and leaves him, whining among the ruins, to find her own happily ever after. How fabulous can a short children's story be? Elizabeth is a clever and independent girl, and she proves it through her determination, her wits, and her ingenuity. She doesn't wait for someone to save her, she goes off and does the saving. She pursues what she wants. When all her pretty clothes are destroyed, she doesn't weep or lose it, but dons a paper bag with not a second thought and sets off on her quest. She is sure of who she is, and what she has is secondary to that most important quality. It always makes me giggle that the dragon kidnaps Roland, who really is the damsel in distress in this story. Then Elizabeth outsmarts a dragon! In addition, the drawings are hilarious to match a funny story, so it teaches girls about strong role models without being preachy, but silly instead. All little girls and boys should read this story.
This is a fun, remarkable fairy-tale alternative and a must-have for any progressive classroom, especially if you are presenting traditional Fairytales. The princess in the story goes from being a rich, put-together woman ready to marry a handsome prince. However, a dragon kidnaps her and she loses everything. After cleverly escaping the dragon, she is left wearing only a paper bag and her prince no longer wants her. Rather than being devastated, she realizes that this man is a bum, and moves on happily. An equally important book for both young women and men.
Reviews provided by Librarything.
No reviews here.