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The Paper Bag Princess (Picture Hippo) Paperback – 15 Feb 1982


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  • Paperback: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Scholastic (15 Feb 1982)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0590711261
  • ISBN-13: 978-0590711265
  • Product Dimensions: 19 x 0.3 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,809,643 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Lush and beguiling legends and gloriously gory descriptions... rich with color... will rivet all but the most squeamish readers. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Robert Munsch is the author of more than 25 books for children including "The Paper Bag Princes" and "Stephanie's Ponytail." He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and studied to be a Jesuit priest before deciding to work with children instead. He taught in a variety of nursery schools and daycare centers while he earned an MA in Early Childhood Education. In 1975, Munsch and his wife, Ann, moved to Guelph, Ontario. The Munschs have three children: Julie, Andrew, and Tyya (see them all in "Something Good!"). Michael Martchenko has illustrated over 30 books for children and has exhibited his work throughout North America. He has won numerous awards for design and illustration. He lives with his wife, Patricia, in Toronto. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By janegambarotto@onetel.net.uk on 5 Dec 2000
Format: Paperback
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 By Mrs Holliman on 7 Oct 2005
Format: Paperback
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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kispal on 8 Jan 2011
Format: Paperback
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 2 Jun 2002
Format: Paperback
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 on 21 Oct 2004
Format: Paperback
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 By BigBear on 15 July 2011
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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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Mar 2000
Format: Paperback
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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Camberwick Green is Puppets on 5 Oct 2009
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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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