Monday, July 20, 2009
We've Come a Long Way, Baby - Part 2
A couple of weeks ago I shared the story of my 5-year-old granddaughter who's enthralled by the Disney Princesses, and totally buys into the whole Pretty-Woman-All-I-Need-Is-A-Prince-To-Rescue-Me crapola.
June Freaking Cleaver and Maggie May recommended a children's book with a very nice twist on this story, The Paper Bag Princess, by Robert Munsch, wherein the princess rescues herself AND her prince-boyfriend.
I found a copy on Amazon for three bucks, so I bought it. Kylie and her mom dropped by the night it arrived, so I wasted no time in sitting down and reading it to her. She was absorbed, listening carefully to every word, and when I finished she peppered me with questions:"Why did the dragon destroy her castle?" "Why was she wearing a paper bag?" "Why didn't the prince like her anymore when she was wearing the bag?"
Once I'd answered every question she sat very still. I could almost see the wheels whirring behind that sweet little face as she sorted out what it all meant. Then she said:
"From now on, I'm only going to read the part of the book where she has pretty clothes and a boyfriend."
So, my bloggy friends, do you have any more ideas?