Paper Bag Princess Day a royal success at Guelph Public Library
GUELPH Joan Moller was delighted to surround herself with Robert Munsch’s children’s stories as she read to her adidas sale grandchildren, Alexis, 5, and Georgia, 18 months, during Guelph Public Library’s first Paper Bag Princess Day honouring the storyteller’s famous tale about a royal girl confronting and outsmarting a dragon. staffer Jennifer Griesbach.
Moller added she cherished Munsch’s funny side and insights. “I love his sense of humour. He’s just right on . as to how children think. I’m sure I speak for all Guelph residents.”
The Paper Bag Princess, published May 1, 1980, became a hit with readers, including feminists, because of a central role reversal. The princess, reduced by a dragon’s fiery attack to wearing a paper bag when all her clothes and other pos adidas sale sessions are destroyed, overcomes her misgivings and outfoxes the legendary creature to rescue her kidnapped prince.
“When we were thinking what makes Guelph special . (it struck us) we are the home of The Paper Bag Princess,” she said. She stressed it’s the best known Canadian children’s book. “It’s absolutely iconic.”
She said the central character, the princess, was modelled after a girl named Elizabeth who lived in Munch’s Guelph neighbourhood, whom he acknowled adidas sale ges in the publication. The girl grew up to pursue a career as a teacher, Pope said.
“He dedicates his book to her.”
Reserved, even shy at times, Munch embraced the idea of a Paper Bag Princess Day when approached.
“He’s such a humble and gracious man. He just smiles and nodded,” she recalled.
Much of the activity Thursday in the main branch was on the second floor children’s area, which prominently features a sculpture of the Paper Bag Princess by local artist Ben McCarl, who donated it to the library last year. He’s also repaired it several times, Pope said, after adoring children embracing it “tugged too tightly.”
Another artist, painter Dorothy Amey, drew a large princess and dragon across several plate glass windows at the front of the building for the special day.
Downtown merchants picked up on the theme by mounting displays with Paper Bag P adidas sale rincess themes.
The library is selling similarly themed carrying bags at $10 each (or two for $15) as a fundraiser for a new public library main branch, to replace the cramped, aging one. The library’s ordered 5,000 of the bags to sell, with the princess graphic it features created by artist Sami Kelsh.