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The Paper Bag Princess (Annikin Miniature Edition)

The Paper Bag Princess (Annikin Miniature Edition)

Interest Age: 4–7
Grade: k–2
Reading Level: Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature: RF.1-2.4

Reading Level: Lexile 510L
Miniature book : 9780920236253, 32 pages, May 1981 , 3.38" x 3.38"


Readers the world-over have fallen in love with this classic story of girl power.

When the fiercest dragon in the whole world smashes Princess Elizabeth’s castle, burns all her clothes, and captures her fiancé, Prince Ronald, Elizabeth takes matters into her own hands. With her wits alone and nothing but a paper bag to wear, the princess challenges the dragon to show his strength in the hopes of saving the prince. But is it worth all that trouble?

Over seven million copies in print!

About the Annikin Series: Annikins are mini books made especially for children—small enough to fit into tiny hands and pockets. Each book measures 3 1/2" x 3 1/2" and contains full color pages.


“Some of the best children’s books ever written have been about girls—like The Paper Bag Princess.”—The New York Times

Included in “Louise Erdrich’s 10 Favorite Books to Read to Kids.” 

- People Magazine

“Witty, vibrant and original.”

- The Globe and Mail

“A classic feminist picture book.”

- Montreal Gazette

“This humorous story sends an assuring message to readers about women’s (and girls) potential to break through sex-role stereotyping. This book, a pioneer of a slowly growing genre of non-traditional prince and princess stories, introduces a positive image of an empowered woman for children and adults alike.”

- Magazine of Multicultural Education

“A great girl-power story.” 

- FamilyFun Magazine

“One of the best princess stories ever told, Elizabeth turns the princess stereotype on its head, empowering young girls to be true to themselves.”

- BC Parent, 10/05

“Remains a staple in the KidLit pantheon.”

- Hamilton Spectator, 10/09/05

“A trailblazer in gender-bending picture books.”

- The Huffington Post Canada, 05/04/15

“Munsch is brilliant, and this tale has a message of empowerment for young girls and equality for young boys.”

- Columbus Alive, 10/11/17