Munsch, Robert N. The Paper Bag Princess. Illustrated by Michael Martchenko. Toronto, Canada: Annick Press, LTD., 1980.
I raised two little girls, who enjoyed this book enormously! Princess Elizabeth was beautiful, intrepid and smart. She was totally smitten with Prince Roland. Her life changes when a fire breathing dragon enters the story, wreaks havoc and carries off Prince Roland. When disaster struck did she fall apart? She did not! She found something unburnt to wear, a paper bag and proceeded to get her prince back! In the story (spoiler alert!), she finds the courage to outwit the smartest, fiercest dragon in the world and to save her prince. She also finds the courage to see her prince for what he is, in her words “a bum.” In the end, she didn’t need to marry the prince at all.
This is a wonderful book! We liked Princess Elizabeth, because she stood up for herself and defeated a dragon with her wits. We love strong women at our house.
This book was on my list for a blog entry. I moved it forward, when I came across this article on “Reading Rainbow”: Raising SciFi/Fantasy Readers: 13 Children’s Books That Are Out of This World? At our house we love science fiction (SciFi) and fantasy books. If you have been following this blog, you can see this demonstrated in the monthly reading report. As I was looking at this list, I find that I have already blogged about several. They were books I didn’t associate with raising a SciFi/Fantasy reader, but raising a reader in general as I bought them for my nephew, Elijah’s Little Library.
Here is my soap box. Raising readers is important! Read anything that engages the young reader in your life science fiction, fantasy, humor, sport! Let them choose the stories that mean something to them. Help them tell their own stories, after all Robert Munsch started his career not an an author, but a storyteller.
Robert N. Munsch
Born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania in June 1945. He comes from a large family. He wasn’t good in school. His Mom says he never matured past age 6 and that he has always been a little strange¹. He studied to be a Jesuit priest and found the classes deadly boring. He did find that he liked working with children so he went back to school and worked on a degree in child studies. While he was in school, he found he liked making up stories for children. He was the “go to” teacher for stories as other were for the playdoh. One of his bosses encouraged him to publish his stories and gave him a couple of months off to work on that project. He sold his books and eventually his book I Love You Forever edged Good Night Moon out of its first place slot on the New York Times bestsellers list.
He is a very interesting character. He likes to visit schools, day care centers and libraries unannounced. Take a look at these websites for more information about this author.