Once upon a time there lived a bea-uu-tiful princess. She was all set to marry a handsome prince called Ronald. Unfortunately, a dragon threw a spanner in the works. He burned down Elizabeth’s clothes and home. He also took Ronald away. Elizabeth clad in a brown paper bag and armed with little else than her wits set out to save Ronald. She used her wits to outwit the dragon and rescued Ronald. Stuffy Roald was more bothered that Elizabeth was not wearing the right clothes. Did they live happily ever after? Of course, they did, only not with each other.
Robert Munsch’s The Paper Bag Princess is just the book if you want to teach your daughter that true princesses are brave, strong and not a teensy bit afraid to strike it out on their own. It’s also just the right book to read to your son if you want them to learn that a true princess is brave of heart even if all the wardrobe she has is a paper bag.
The Paper Bag Princess teaches us adults to bid a long goodbye to the people in our life who we do so much for only to be told what we did was either inadequate or unnecessary.
Illustrated in true fairy book tradition by Michael Martchenko The Paper Bag Princess is a wonderful read. This book is full of practicality as the following lines show.
“Elizabeth decided to chase the dragon and get Ronald back.
She looked everywhere for something to wear, but the only thing she could find that was not burnt was a paper bag. So she put the paper bag and followed the princess. He was easy to follow because he left a trail of burnt forests and horses’ bones.”
The highlight of the book though are the final two conservations between Ronald (the rescued) and Elizabeth(the rescuer).
“Elizabeth you are a mess! You smell like ashes, your hair is all tangled and you are wearing a dirty old paper bag. Come back when you are dressed like a real princess.”
“Ronald”, said Elizabeth,”Your clothes are real pretty and your hair is very neat. You look like a real prince, but you are a bum.”
The Paper Bag Princess is for the free and independent princess in all of us.