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(The Paper Bag Princess)

by Robert Munsch
illustrated by Michael Martchenko

Read America! Classic NEA’s Cat-a-List for Reading Greatest Canadian Books of the Century List, Vancouver Public Library 100 Best Books List, Toronto Public Library

When the fiercest dragon in the whole world smashes Princess Elizabeth’s castle, burns all her clothes, and captures her fiancé, Prince Ronald, Elizabeth takes matters into her own hands. With her wits alone and nothing but a paper bag to wear, the princess challenges the dragon to show his strength in the hopes of saving the prince. But is it worth all that trouble?

Readers the world-over have fallen in love with this classic story of girl power. 


“Some of the best children’s books ever written have been about girls—like The Paper Bag Princess.”
—The New York Times

Included in “Louise Erdrich’s 10 Favorite Books to Read to Kids.”
—People Magazine

“Witty, vibrant and original.”
—Globe and Mail

“A classic feminist picture book.”
—Montreal Gazette

“This humorous story sends an assuring message to readers about women’s (and girls) potential to break through sex-role stereotyping. This book, a pioneer of a slowly growing genre of non-traditional prince and princess stories, introduces a positive image of an empowered woman for children and adults alike.”
—Electronic Magazine of Multicultural Education

“A great girl-power story.”
—FamilyFun Magazine


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