Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Feminist Fairy Tales for Kids



I think I just found my new favorite kid’s book – The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch, illustrated by Michael Martchenko. It’s the kind of book that I would have carried around with me day and night if I had read it when I was 4-7 years old.

(Warning: Contains Spoilers)

The story starts like a normal princess/prince story. They’re about to get married, but then the nasty neighborhood dragon swoops in, steals the prince, and burns down the castle and everything in it, including all of the princess’s clothes. She puts on a paper bag dress and walks off to the dragon’s lair to rescue her prince. Eventually she rescues him and the prince says, (and I'm paraphrasing) “You look disgusting. Go away, put on some real clothes, fix your hair, and then come back for me.”

And the princess says, “I guess we won’t be getting married after all.” And she leaves him behind.

Such a good moral.

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