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The Paper Bag Princess (Munsch for Kids) [Paperback]

Robert Munsch , Michael Martchenko
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
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3 Sep 2009 Munsch for Kids
First published in 1980 and with over four million copies in print, The Paper Bag Princess (the story of a resourceful princess and her useless prince) has captured the hearts of readers young and old all around the world. The New York Times called it ""one of the best children's books ever written"" and it has appeared countless times on ""best books"" lists. The story reverses the ""princess and dragon"" folklore stereotype and celebrates feisty females everywhere, making it a firm favourite with female readers of all ages, as well as women's groups, teachers and librarians.

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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Annick Press Ltd (3 Sep 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0920236162
  • ISBN-13: 978-0920236161
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 19.4 x 0.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (55 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,381 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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One of the best princess stories ever told, Elizabeth turns the princess stereotype on its head, empowering young girls to be true to themselves.--Elizabeth Shaffer"BC Parent" (10/01/2005)

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Robert Munsch is a best-selling children's author, with over 30 million books sold in over a dozen languages.

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37 of 37 people found the following review helpful
Princess Elizabeth is a modern day gal in love in the good old fashioned way with Prince Ronald until the dastardly dragon burns her castle to the ground and carries off her beloved. Despite everything she owns being burnt to ashes, she dons a paper bag and sets off to find the dragon and free Ronald. With great cunning Elizabeth outwits the conceited dragon and releases Ronald, only to be told that he is not interested in her as she is not dressed in her regal finery and smells of smoke. Elizabeth, unlike the Prince, is able to see beyond the superficial and therefore decides that she won't marry him after all. The story is suitable to be read to children of around 5-7 age group, younger girls tend to be a little confused at the non-traditional ending. The tale is told with great wit, the characterization of the dragon is superb and the illustrations are delightful. This is altogether one of those rare gems; a story a parent can enjoy reading as much as the kids enjoy hearing it.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paper bag princess 7 Oct 2005
This review is by Class 3/2 from Westfield First School Hertfordshire
The Paperbag princess is an adventurous story for all ages! The story is funny, with lots of action and it is not like any other Princess story because Elizabeth is very brave and clever. We start in a castle and end in a cave. You will have to see if it is a 'happy ever after' by reading the book yourself.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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This is a book that I buy for every friend who has a newborn girl. There are great messages about self-esteem, being resourceful and brave, and liking yourself just the way you are. It's one of my very favorite books ever. Great to encourage independent thinking in little girls.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By A Customer
At the beginning of the story Princess Elizabeth wants to marry Prince Ronald. Then a dragon came and burnt their castle down. The dragon took Prince Ronald to his cave and he also burnt all her clothes. She looked for some clothes but could only find a paper bag!
Princess Elizabeth really wanted to find her prince. She found them in a cave and then saw the dragon! Read it yourself to find out what happened next.
We liked this book because it was really exciting when Princess Elizabeth knocked on the door, because we didn't know what would happen. It was interesting when the dragon flew around the world in ten seconds. It was very funny when the princess didn't have any clothes!
We give this book 10/10.
By Classes 6 and 7 at Whitfield School.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for all daughters, neices etc. 29 Mar 2000
By A Customer
The book disposes of the stereotype princess and teaches that girls can be resourceful and brave without losing their femininity. Children will love it from age three and appreciate the humour as they grow older
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One more single woman 8 Jan 2011
By Kispal
I bought this book as a present for a friend's daughter. At five years old she's perhaps a little young to read it herself but she can certainly understand it when it's read to her. I bought it because she wants to be a princess when she grows up and this book challenges the stereotypes of beauty and female submission. In this story the princess is the one who does the rescuing, and when the rescued prince rejects her because she's wearing only a paper bag - all her fine clothes having been burned by the dragon - she tells him where to get off.

I think it's a strong idea for young children and would heartily recommend it.

When I told a different friend about this book and that I had given it to a five year old, she commented, "Well done, you've just created another single woman in the world!"

Which I thought was funny!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paper Bag Princess saves and dumps her abuser 15 July 2011
By BigBear
Format:Board book
Great book. My three year old loves it, which I'm very glad about, as it stars a confident, clever princess who saves the prince she loves. The prince is, in my daughter's words, "really very rude" on being saved, so she dumps him.

We talk about it, and she understands the main messages - you don't have to put up with abuse and that women can be clever, brave heroes who save the day.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best 5 Oct 2009
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is an all time favourite, a great little story well illustrated. If you have a young daughter, buy it for her. If you don't, buy it anyway. OK, it's a PC tale, even to the extent that no dragons are harmed, but the final page brings a smile every time.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Didn't go down well with 5 year old
As opposed to 'I hate it', the 5 year old I bought it for didn't like it. I think she found some of the wording strange, e.g. 'bum' at the end, as it's American. Read more
Published 1 day ago by K.S.Richards
4.0 out of 5 stars My class love this story
My class love this story. It has all the hallmarks of a classic fairy tale with a twist at the end. I've used it to plan a 2 week teaching sequence, with book response, drama,... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Janeeo
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Fab story!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not just for girls!
This book is fantastic, the message in it is clear. I have read many reviews on this (prior to buying) which say this is a must read for girls. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Emma
5.0 out of 5 stars How to outsmart a dragon and save the day
If you really is not comfortable with reading "classic princess in distress" story's for your kids, try this one instead!
Published 2 months ago by Johan L
5.0 out of 5 stars Firm fav
My daughter loved this book and took it into school and it was read in class with great amusement. Great
Published 2 months ago by Donna
5.0 out of 5 stars As an adult, I can read it over and over again to my grand daughter.
This currently is my 3-year-old grand daughter's favorite book and I LOVE reading it to her-- even over and over again. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Franklin Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars Best story for girls, EVER!
This is brilliant and every little girl should read it, either on her own, or with her super Aunt by her side.
Published 3 months ago by Lib
3.0 out of 5 stars Not as grown up
Felt book more suited to younger than granddaughter who is six. She didn't like thick pages as too babyish for her
Published 4 months ago by Mrs. HG Lewis
3.0 out of 5 stars Nice but too complicated
Good book but too difficult for my two year old, he gets fed up half way through it. Otherwise ok.
Published 4 months ago by Elise
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