Fighting with the Sky

The Paper Bag Princess

Posted on: December 5, 2009

paperbagprincessI’ve been working on my Christmas shopping and I recently got a bunch of books for my cousin’s kids.  I was really excited when I found one of my favorite books from my childhood for my cousin’s daughter — The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch.  I think it is books like these that started to lay my foundation in feminism.

The Paper Bag Princess is a children’s book about a prince and a princess who are set to get married.  A dragon attacks the castle and kidnaps the prince — and all of the princess’ clothes were burned.  So the princess put on a paper bag and followed the dragon to get her prince back.  She outsmarted the dragon and was able to get her prince back.  But when the prince saw her, he criticized her appearance.  So she left him.

I really liked (and still like) this book because it is the woman who tracks down the dragon and tricks him into getting her prince back.  But at the end, she doesn’t just accept how he treats her — she doesn’t stand for it.

It’s a children’s book with a strong female character who can fend for herself and doesn’t take crap from anyone.  If only more children’s books (and books in general) were like this.

3 Responses to "The Paper Bag Princess"

Love this book for the same reasons!

You also might pick up Jane and the Dragon. It about a girl who wants to be a knight. Similar story line… 🙂

I completely forgot about this book but I loved it too! Thanks for the reminder.

Have you seen any of bell hooks children’s books? I keep meaning to see what they are all about.

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