Jumpstart | The Paperbag Princess – Robert Munsch


I adore this story so much. Princess Elizabeth plans on marrying Prince Ronald, who is practically perfect. However, a dragon arrives who destroys her kingdom, kidnaps Ronald, and burns all her clothes (rendering her naked) so that she has no choice but to wear a paper bag. Elizabeth follows the dragon and Ronald, and seeking to rescue her fiancé, challenges the dragon to burn forests with fire and to fly around the world. The dragon completes the tasks but after flying around the world a second time becomes tired and falls asleep. Elizabeth rescues Ronald, who is ungrateful and tells her to return when she looks more like a princess. Elizabeth calls Ronald out for his ungratefulness and goes dancing off into the sunset.

How can you not love a child heroine who fights her own battles, slays a dragon using logic and wit, and at the end of the day, doesn’t have to marry a prince? Elizabeth was a role model of mine growing up because she truly showcased that young girls don’t need to be attached to a man in order to succeed in life. The dialogue is engaging and fun for all ages, and makes a perfect classic story for children.

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