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The Paper Princess Finds Her Way
     

The Paper Princess Finds Her Way

by Elisa Kleven
 

A paper princess once lived happily with the little girl who made her. But now the girl has grown up and left the princess under a paperweight. It's safe there, but the paper princess longs to grow and change, too. The princess must choose: safety or unknown adventure? Though a cat's sharp claws, a baby's sticky mouth, and blustering winter storms threaten the

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A paper princess once lived happily with the little girl who made her. But now the girl has grown up and left the princess under a paperweight. It's safe there, but the paper princess longs to grow and change, too. The princess must choose: safety or unknown adventure? Though a cat's sharp claws, a baby's sticky mouth, and blustering winter storms threaten the princess as she makes her way, she never gives up hope. Finally, carried on a cloud of butterfly wings, she journeys to a summery land, where a little girl understands her anew with a tender love. Kleven's luminous collage art offers perfect visual storytelling for this many-faceted, transforming journey.

Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature
The cut-out princess of Kleven's earlier book, The Paper Princess, embarks on another journey of discovery, this time flying with the wind and a glorious cloud of Monarch butterflies. The little girl who made her has grown up and the faded princess sits neglected under a paperweight. Freed by the family dog, she is on her way, looking for change and new friends. Becoming more tattered as she flies along, she gains, at one stop, orange silk wings which make her perfect as a Christmas tree angel and then as companion to the flight of brilliant butterflies. They soar together over fields and mountains until, crossing a wide river, they come to a warm country where children are costumed and waiting to greet them. Yes, the princess finds another girl to take her in, make her colorful new clothes, and give her a bed to sleep in. Filled with joyous yellows and oranges amid pages conveying a sense of fluttering airborne movement, Kleven's illustrations are lighter and brighter than in the first book. Each picture brims with charming details, some of them collage, as in the tiny marbled-paper wings on birds or the moss-filled basket bed with a scrap of paper lace for a pillow. The princess is resilient, optimistic, and open to change, which should endear her to children who understand that "it's a hard world for small, fragile things." With her new flowered crown and strawberry shoes, she is the happy survivor of a metamorphosis worthy of a Monarch. 2003, Dutton, Ages 4 to 8.
— Barbara L. Talcroft
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 1-Kleven's sequel to The Paper Princess (Dutton, 1994) is every bit as charming as the original. Here, the paper doll feels neglected as her girl grows older and finds other pursuits. "Children stop hearing their toys when they grow up," the dog tells her as he carries her outdoors to freedom. Chased by a cat, held by a baby, and placed on top of the family Christmas tree, the doll finds another little girl at last in the "warm country" to which she is carried by a cloud of migrating monarch butterflies that see in her a kindred spirit. As in the first book, the mixed-media, folklike illustrations (paint, paper and fabric collage, ink, etc.) are gloriously colored and filled with tiny details. The simple story will delight young children, who also find adventure and pleasure in the simplest things. "I've traveled so far," says the princess, "and I've changed again and again."-Susan Scheps, Shaker Heights Public Library, OH Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In lightly sentimental language that will strike a chord with Velveteen Rabbit fans, Kleven takes the small paper doll introduced in Paper Princess (1994) through further adventures and changes. When her young maker grows past the point of being able to hear her, a kindly dog carries the faded princess outside. Off she's carried by the wind, to hazardous encounters with a cat and a toddler, to a brief stay with a shelf of store-bought toys who are awed by her ability to "fly" without batteries, and to the top of a Christmas tree. Later she flutters along with zillions of monarch butterflies to a distant, warm country where a new child gives her fresh layers of love and clothing. Constructed (naturally) of paper in Kleven's painted collages, but with a wreath of fuzz around her head for hair, the princess faces each up and down with open arms and a subtly changing smile, to go along with her welcoming spirit. Younger readers will gladly go along on her odyssey, and thoughtful older ones may glimpse the metaphorical journey underlying it. (Picture book. 7-9)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780525469117
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
10/13/2003
Pages:
32
Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.30(h) x 0.41(d)
Lexile:
AD660L (what's this?)
Age Range:
5 - 8 Years

Meet the Author

Elisa Kleven is the award-winning author-illustrator of many acclaimed picture books, including Sun Bread, named a New York Times Best Illustrated title of 2001. Her most recent book is The Dancing Deer and the Foolish Hunter.

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