The Paper Bag Princess Book Summary and Study Guide

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Princess Elizabeth has it all: beauty, riches, and a prince to marry. Suddenly, a dragon attacks and takes everything from her. He destroys her castle, burns all her clothes, and kidnaps the prince.
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Instead of shedding tears, Elizabeth springs into action. Having nothing to wear, she puts on an old paper bag and sets out to rescue her prince.

She follows the trail left by the dragon and eventually finds his cave. The dragon happens to be full and is not in the mood to fight, so he just tells her to go away. But Elizabeth isn't going to fight, either. She isn't a warrior; it's her smarts that she counts on. She flatters the dragon and tricks him into using up all his fiery breath by showing her what he can do. Then she just goes and takes Prince Ronald away.

However, the prince is far from grateful. He is shocked to see Elizabeth wearing a dirty old paper bag. Instead of thanking her, he tells Elizabeth to go away and come back when she looks like a princess. Elizabeth shows her strength of character once again, telling the prince that although he looks quite nice, he is still a bum, and leaving him.
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book Descript. of chases or violence 10%planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 20%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%Descript. of society, phenomena (tech), places 30% Tone of book    -   very upbeat FANTASY or SCIENCE FICTION?    -   fantasy world/fantasy past Adversaries are…    -   dragons (hostile) Is this an adult or child's book?    -   Kid's book (ages 7-14) GIANT monster(s)    -   Yes

Main Character

Identity:    -   Female Profession/status:    -   Prince/Nobleman/King


Earth setting:    -   general past Takes place on Earth?    -   Yes

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   no torture/death How much dialogue?    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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