The Paper Princess

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A gust of wind sends a paper princess flying. 'Wait! I didn't finish you,' cries the little girl who made her. 'I'll finish myself,' calls the princess, and the wind carries her away, over a meadow and a river, to a carnival and a town, until finally she finds her way home. Elisa Kleven's 'mixed-media collages are a kaleidoscope of color and activity, encompassing a vast, multiracial cast of happy people' (Publishers Weekly). 'The best book yet from this talented author/illustrator, and one that children will ...

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Overview

A gust of wind sends a paper princess flying. 'Wait! I didn't finish you,' cries the little girl who made her. 'I'll finish myself,' calls the princess, and the wind carries her away, over a meadow and a river, to a carnival and a town, until finally she finds her way home. Elisa Kleven's 'mixed-media collages are a kaleidoscope of color and activity, encompassing a vast, multiracial cast of happy people' (Publishers Weekly). 'The best book yet from this talented author/illustrator, and one that children will love.' — School Library Journal, starred review Elisa Kleven's award-winning picture books include her own Ernst and The Lion and the Little Red Bird, the illustrations for Abuela, by Arthur Dorros, and her most recent book for Dutton, The Puddle Pail. She lives near San Francisco, California.

A little girl makes a picture of a princess that comes to life and is carried off by the wind.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
A paper-doll princess designed by a little girl blows away in the wind before the doll is completed. Her far-flung adventures are illustrated with mixed-media collage. "Youngsters will no doubt be inspired to fire up their crayons, markers and paints after this outing," said PW. Ages 3-8. May
Children's Literature - Marilyn Bagel
This charming tale begins when the wind carries a freshly cut, unfinished paper doll princess up in the air. She still needs hair. Her creator cries out "Wait! I didn't finish you!" "I'll finish myself," the princess calls back. "But I want to play with you!" pleads the little girl. "You're the best thing I ever made. Don't blow away!" Though the paper princess tries to drift back down to the little girl, the wind has other ideas and carries the princess in a different direction. She's thrust into many kinds of adventures... in the hands of a boy on a Ferris wheel, at the mercy of another girl's attempt to give her hair, and in the beak of a bird that rescues the paper doll from ending up as a discarded crumpled lump in a trash can. But with her friendly, strong-willed nature, the princess holds fast to her dream to return eventually to her little girl who made her. And that's just what happens. Vividly illustrated in collage art that has a magical quality all its own.
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-A little girl draws and cuts out a picture of a princess. When the paper doll is blown away by a gust of wind, she travels far and wide and finally, through a coincidence worthy of The Steadfast Tin Soldier, ends up with her own little girl again. Kleven has taken this simple story and given it style and heart. The events, some of which are either purely fanciful or highly unlikely, all seem authentic. Giving an inanimate object a believable personality is not an easy feat, and the author does a fine job of it. Her graceful phrases add a lyrical air, and emotions are described with a light and delicate touch. Her multimedium collages have never looked fresher or more interesting. The world she creates is not necessarily free from danger or sadness, yet it is predominantly full of beauty and sunlight. All the elements of the visual arts-texture, pattern, shape, color, and line-come alive in her skillful hands. The best book yet from this talented author/illustrator, and one that children will love.-Lauralyn Persson, Wilmette Public Library, IL
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780140564242
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
  • Publication date: 5/28/1998
  • Series: Picture Puffin Books Series
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 40
  • Sales rank: 367,740
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.06 (w) x 11.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

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  • Posted January 6, 2009

    Loveee!

    i used to love this book when i was younger. my mom read it to me almost every night! i recommend it to anyone ages 4-8, you'll love it!

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