The Paper Bag Princess

Robert Munsch’s classic The Paper Bag Princess comes in a delightful 25th Anniversary edition, illustrated by Michael Martchenko and sandwiched between nonfiction biographies of the author and illustrator as well as information on how books are made.

The Paper Bag Princess itself is a modern fairy tale for all those tired of handsome princes who fall in love with beautiful princesses.  Well, Ronald and Elizabeth start off exactly this way until a dragon smashes the princess’s castle, burns her clothes and carries off Prince Ronald.  With nothing left to wear but a paper bag, Elizabeth saves the prince who doesn’t appreciate her new look.  And so Elizabeth does live happily ever after, but not by marrying the prince.

The story has been adapted for the stage, but you can plan a readers’ theater in your classroom (or home) with this script (This first link is a Word document that downloads immediately–no website first):

Or give a  grammar lesson on nouns, verbs and adjectives.


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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4 Responses to The Paper Bag Princess

  1. Try copying and pasting the link to get to the readers’ theater.

  2. elizabethannewrites says:

    I love The Paper Bag Princess, and I’m delighted to learn it has been adapted for the stage. Oh, that would be fun to put on!

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