If you like the movie “Pretty Woman”, you will know this reference. I have always been conflicted about this popular adult fairy tale, even though I adore the two stars and the clever screenplay. In fact, I have wished at times that the roles were reversed.
Apparently, there is a children’s book for that (clean version).
The Paper Bag Princess by Robert Munsch is the story of a princess who rescues her prince from a dragon using intelligence, creativity, bravery, and humor. Sort of like Nancy Drew, but in shorter book for younger children, with a dragon, and with more humor than Nancy usually displayed. Nancy was spunky and smart, but she often had to get help from Ned to finish the deal. Not this time.
A fun book for reading/comprehension levels K-2, the princess is the hero of the story for once. In real life, we know that women are often the heroes at home and at work. They just don’t get the recognition. They do in this little book! In fact, it could be the gateway to learning about Marie Curie and other real women who have done amazing things.
I think girls need to hear about themselves as heroes, and boys need to hear it too. Kinda helps to balance out all the Grimm tales and the Marvel comics out there. So take a look at this book and add it to your library!