The Paper Bag Princess

The 25th Anniversary Edition of The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch and Michael Martchenko (2005) re-sights/cites the “real Elizabeth,” a young girl who Bob Munsch met while working at the Family Studies Preschool at the University of Guelph in Ontario, Canada. As Munsch recalls, “When she came to the pre-school for the first time, she dropped her coat on the floor and waited for me to hand it up” (p. 13).

“It’s amazing to me now,” the grown-up Elizabeth says, “that the book is read by so many people. It’s even studied in feminist literature classes! My own kids are still too young, but I look forward to reading all of Bob’s books with them” (p. 14). One New York Times writer confessed, “I pass along paperback copies to my sisters and friends as if it were a subversive leaflet” (p. 51).

The book has reprinted 52 times, sold over three million copies, and has been translated into a dozen languages. The last picture, illustrated by artist Michael Martchenko, shows Elizabeth skipping off happily toward the sunset, still wearing her bag. Founders of Annick Press, Anne Millyard and Rick Wilks, chose this image as their logo.

Re-cited by Avril Lavigne, Grammy-nominated and multi-platinum singer and songwriter, Napanee, Canada: “For the readers of The Paper Bag Princess: Be strong and never doubt yourself! We are all special in our own unique way” (p. 52).

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~ by artpoped on February 16, 2009.

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