Paperbag Princess

Title: The Paper Bag Princess

Author: Robert Munsch

Age: Early Elementary

Description: This Story follows a princess whose life gets interrupted by a dragon.


• Narrative language-retelling

• Perspective taking

• Inferencing/Prediction

• Reading body language

Why I like this book: The ending is priceless. Every little girl and boy should read this book. Children love the illustrations and the way the princess tricks the dragon.

Ideas for use:
• Retelling- Follows the Story Grammar Marker framework well through Mindwingconcepts A clear “kick-off,” sequence of events, and resolution

•Try this from the princess’s point of view vs. the dragon’s, even the prince! Use “thinking bubbles” or even “Braidy” from the SGM listed above.

• There is lots of “trickery” in this story. Help students make guesses as to “why” the princess is acting like she is (i.e. Why is she complimenting the dragon who just burned down her castle and kidnapped the prince?) Have them think of ways that they have “tricked” others.

•The illustrations are amazing, and are great for pointing out various emotions (many of the “universal emotions”- happy, sad, mad, scared, surprised, disgusted). Have students imitate the pictures. Talk about how ALL of their body can show emotions, not just their face.

Submitted by: Meghan G. Graham M.S. CCC-SLP

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