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The Paper Bag Princess

Munsch for Kids

By Robert Munsch, Michael Martchenko (Illustrated by)

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Format: Paperback, 32 pages
Other Information: 16 colour illus
Published In: Canada, 05 June 1980
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.

About the Author

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


Some of the best children's books ever written have been about girls -- like The Paper Bag Princess. A great girl-power story. -- Carol Sjostrom Miller "Familyfun" (02/01/2005) A charmingly-illustrated tale of strength for princesses of all ages.--Mari Farthing"MetroFamily Magazine" (04/01/2010) The tale of a princess who, although faced with adversity, saves the day and wins the prize. A charmingly-illustrated tale of strength for princesses of all ages.--Mari Farthing"MetroFamily Magazine" (04/01/2010) A great girl-power story.--Carol Sjostrom Miller"Familyfun" (02/01/2005) 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)

EAN: 9780920236161
ISBN: 0920236162
Publisher: Annick Press Ltd
Dimensions: 18.85 x 19.35 x 0.46 centimeters (0.08 kg)
Age Range: 5-9 years
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12 review(s)
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patricia carran on
Quirky little book. Good sense of humour.Would appeal to chn 5yrs up.
Lee Coles on
Have read to children from age 8 to 11 years. Good discussion about behaviour and values. Excellent detail in illustrations for discussion.
Jane Darnell on
Bought for a very strong minded 4 year old who is finding her way and discovering the 'girls cant'/'boys can' divide around her opinions and physical play at school. She loves this book.
Kate Lash on
I was disappointed actually. I got this book because it was recommended as a good one for young girls (in terms of life lessons). It isn't. Its a nice story but the ending could have been a lot more effective.
Penny Humphreys on
Love it, simply love it! Bought as an antidote to the never ending pink happy ever after princess madness for my four year old grand daughter. She listened intently and on the last page looked up with delighted horror at the use of such a word! (Shall not spoil it for you!) Hopefully it will for ever implant the message that not all princes in life are worth sacrificing yourself for and that it's often best to discard then commit to the unworthy - highly recommended!
Christine m Ashton on
A delightful book, with a positive message about substance over image, but managing to get this across without preaching. And my granddaughters love it.
Zoe Heslop on
I remember reading this book as a little girl and my daughters love it to. It's a princess story but with a edge to it that shows girls that they can think for themselves and be independent not having to wait for a prince charming to come and rescue them. It's light hearted and I love the ending.
cath hakanson on
Love it! It is nice to see a princess story finish up with a nice twist ie not a 'disneyfied' true love ending. More early feminist literature that every girl needs to be exposed to!
Lynne Hickling on
This is a great book to let little girls know that they can be self-determined. Wonderful illustrations coupled with an easy to follow story makes for a timeless fairytale. Perfect time to buy with all this William and Kate carry-on.
Jenny Luk on
This is an awesome book! I've had this one for over 20 years and it's all about girl power! Not the Spice Girl sense, but in the every girl can be strong and do their own thing kind of girl power. Great illustrations, got all the important bits (the princess, the prince, the dragon) and a nice simple story. Highly recommended for any little girl. Easy to read, or easy to follow with a bit of help.

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