The Paper Bag Princess

  • Title: The Paper Bag Princess
  • Author: Robert Munsch
  • Illustrator: Michael Martchenko
  • Publisher: Annick Press
  • Publication year: 1980
  • Brief Summary: From Barnes & Noble-“When the fiercest dragon in the whole world smashes Princess Elizabeth’s castle, burns all her clothes, and captures her fiancé, Prince Ronald, Elizabeth takes matters into her own hands. With her wits alone and nothing but a paper bag to wear, the princess challenges the dragon to show his strength in the hopes of saving the prince. But is it worth all that trouble?”
  • Ideas for using this book in classroom or library – I found another article from The Prindle Institute for Ethics which talks about how this book can be used to discuss gender roles, identity and happiness with young children.
  • Whatever additional notes you’d like to add about this book and why you liked or didn’t like it. –I did like that for once there is a fairy tale type of book (even if it is humorous) where the princess rescues the prince and then finds out she doesn’t need him anyway. I would say that is pretty inspiring to a little girl who is still only seeing Disney princesses being saved by the handsome prince. The illustrations of Martchenko are subtle enough in color that much like in My Lucky Day the reader gets the sense for the humorous. This is demonstrated in a funny illustration where the dragon, in a pose signifying his rather prideful nature, he checked his nails while Elizabeth asks him a question.

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