The Paper Bag Princess (Robert Munsch)

Hello, friends! Today, we’re reading The Paper Bag Princess, written by Robert Munsch and illustrated by Michael Martchenko, a phenomenal tale of a fearsome dragon and a brave princess.

Elizabeth is a beautiful princess who lives in a stately palace and dresses in fine clothes. She is betrothed to a handsome prince named Ronald, who seems to be her match in every way. One day, a terrible dragon comes and attacks the palace, burning it and everything inside to the ground and kidnapping Prince Ronald. Elizabeth knows what she must do: she sets off to defeat the dragon and retrieve Ronald, clad in the only thing she can find that hasn’t been burnt up, a paper bag. Using her wits, she manipulates the dragon into leaving his lair unattended, then sneaks inside to rescue Ronald. But upon seeing her singed and ragged appearance, Ronald criticizes and insults her, telling her to come back when she looks more like a princess. Without missing a beat, Elizabeth dumps the shallow Prince, and skips off to live happily ever after without him.

This book is a must for any little girl’s library, and it’s a favorite of ours. Elizabeth’s strong will, quick mind and unshakeable self-esteem make her a fantastic princess for little ones to look up to. This is a book that celebrates a girl’s worth beyond her appearance, and shows girls that they should always know their value – and not waste their time on people who do not appreciate it. The art is classic, fun storybook fare that supports the major plot points well. The length is fine, and JJ loves it. A feminist gem for little readers to enjoy, and it’s Baby Bookworm approved!

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