La princesa bolsa de papel de Robert Munsch (The Paper Bag Princess)

Review in both English and Spanish.

La princesa bolsa de papelInformation

Goodreads: La princesa bolsa de papel
Series: None
Source: Netgalley
Published: June 17, 2014 (Spanish edition)

Official Summary

The Princess Elizabeth is slated to marry Prince Ronald when a dragon attacks the castle and kidnaps Ronald. In resourceful and humorous fashion, Elizabeth finds the dragon, outsmarts him, and rescues Ronald–who is less than pleased at her un-princess-like appearance.


The Paper Bag Princess is a classic story about a princess who outwits a dragon and saves a prince.  The story celebrates a strong, clever heroine and provides a fantastic example for young girls.

The Paper Bag Princess also explores the difference between having a noble title and having a noble personality.  After the dragon destroys her castle, Princess Elizabeth has only a paper bag to wear for clothing.  But she is still a princess.  The paper bag is symbolic of the sacrifices Elizabeth is willing to make to save her prince.

Elizabeth’s courage, cleverness, and kindheartedness are obvious through her actions, but the conclusion of the story emphasizes those personality traits for young readers.  Elizabeth explains to the prince that her actions, not her clothes or her hair, define her role as a princess.  It is a wonderful lesson for young readers.

The Paper Bag Princess is a story full of humor and great wisdom.  Readers will love both the spunky princess and the foolish dragon.  A lasting book.

Fun Fact! (And Spoiler)

Author Robert Munsch says the story originally ended with Princess Elizabeth punching Ronald in the nose!

El resumen oficial

En este exitoso clásico moderno, la princesa Elizabeth se está por casar con el príncipe Ronaldo. Pero un dragón ataca su castillo y se lleva al príncipe. Con su gracioso ingenio, Elizabeth encuentra al dragón, es más astuta que él, y logra rescatar a Ronaldo. Pero éste se ve decepcionado por la apariencia poco principesca de su amada . . .

La crítica

La princesa bolsa de papel es un cuento clásico sobre una princesa quien aventaja un dragón y salva a un príncipe.  El cuento celebra a una heroína fuerte y lista y para las niñas es un ejemplo fantástico.

La princesa bolsa de papel también explora la diferencia entre la posesión de un título noble y la posesión de una personalidad noble.  Después del dragón destruye su castillo, Princesa Elizabeth tiene solo una bolsa de papel para la ropa.  Pero ya es una princesa.  La bolsa de papel es simbólica de los sacrificios que ella está dispuesta  a sobrevivir para el príncipe.

El valor, la inteligencia, y la bondad de Elizabeth son obvias pero la conclusión del cuento recalca las características para los lectores jóvenes.  Elizabeth explica al príncipe que sus acciones, no su ropa o su pello, define su papel como princesa.  Es una lección muy bueno para los niños.

La princesa bolsa de papel es un cuento lleno del humor y de gran sabiduría.  Los lectores querrán a la princesa valiente y también al dragón tonto.  Un libro duradero.

4 thoughts on “La princesa bolsa de papel de Robert Munsch (The Paper Bag Princess)

  1. Reno @ Falling Letters says:

    Yes! This book does have a great message, and the language isn’t too complex. I loved it when I was younger, and many of Munsch’s other books. I’m taking this book and some of his others with me to share with kids when I teach overseas🙂


    • Briana says:

      I think I read it when I was younger but I haven’t thought about it too much since then. I was really excited to see them reissuing it in Spanish! I hope the kids you share it with love it, as well!


  2. Krysta says:

    I enjoyed this book so much when I was younger! I’m always amused by the fact that Princess Elizabeth’s castle is burned down, but a paper bag of all things survives for her to wear! And the end–just too funny. 😀


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