The Paper Bag Princess

The Paper Bag Princess

Book - 2009
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This bestselling modern classic features a princess who rescues a very snooty--and ungrateful--prince.

Publisher: Richmond Hill, O : Annick Press, 2009.
ISBN: 9781554512119
1554512115
Characteristics: Board book.

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ABCdriver98023
Aug 31, 2017

Great lessons on gratitude and being judgmental. And yes, I like that the princess is the strong character.

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susan_findlay
Nov 14, 2016

This book is often praised for its wonderful message of empowerment for girls. Which it certainly deserves. But that doesn't mean boys won't love it too (and don't need to hear that message). My three year old son loves this book.

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LARAJANSET
Aug 19, 2016

My daughter loves this book, she thought it was very mean for the prince to judge princess's clothes but she is happy that princess called him a bum at the end

SPL_Lindsay Jun 29, 2016

A classic story that shows a strong female character. A great book with an engaging story line. One of my favourites.

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nbarai
Jun 18, 2015

A really nice story about a 'strong' girl character. I really liked this one, and my 2 year old seemed to enjoy it quite a bit too. Its definitely one we will be revisiting often.

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annabethie
May 09, 2015

I wanted to like this book...and I did, until the very last 2 pages and the story just ended. It was like a cop-out. It had no ending at all. Perhaps the charm of it to young children is that it sounds like a young child is telling the story out of their head, and children's stories sometimes lack good endings!

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Rachel_Em
Sep 02, 2014

A classic feminist fairy tale-redux! Princess Elizabeth, who is very beautiful and wears expensive princess clothes, must defeat the dragon who attacked her castle and kidnapped her betrothed, Prince Ronald. Elizabeth is up to the challenge, of course, but Ronald proves to be a bit of a dud. One of my favorite Robert Munsch books and a great readaloud for fairy tale fans.

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mmcbeth29
Aug 14, 2014

There are very children's book I do not like, but unfortunately this is one of them. The concept of the story is great. The princess loses everything, tries to save the prince, but in the end learns to live without all the fancy things, even the prince. But There are several ways in which the story doesn't deliver for children. First, why does the princess have to be completely naked on page two? How did the dragon's burning down of her castle make her lose her clothes? I find this completely creepy and inappropriate. Then there are the horse bones and total destruction of forests. Again, not appropriate for the advertized age range of 4-7.
The princess finds and very cleverly tricks the dragon into wearing himself out so she can save the prince. But when she realizes the prince is not a nice guy, the line simply says "They didn't get married after all." Little kids are not going to be able to reason this out. And the princess simply runs off into the sunset in the end. She's just a young girl. Where is she going to go?
I feel this book is mislabled for small children. It should be for ages 8 and up. Fairy tales can be wonderful learning tools, but this book falls short in the delivery. There are several places the author could have done a better job telling this story in a way children would understand.
Would I recommend this book? NO. There are many better fairy tales available

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Twoey Gray
Oct 27, 2010

Awesome children's book. I'm being the princess for Halloween this year.

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TN
Apr 09, 2009

This is a CLASSIC!

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mmcbeth29
Aug 14, 2014

mmcbeth29 thinks this title is suitable for 8 years and over

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