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The paper princess finds her way
Kleven, Elisa.
Personal Author:
First edition.
Publication Information:
New York : Dutton Children's Books, [2003]

Physical Description:
1 volume (unpaged) : color illustrations ; 29 cm
After the girl who drew her grows older and no longer plays with her, a paper princess lets the wind carry her off to adventures which include a cat, a Christmas tree, butterflies, and a new home.
General Note:
Sequel to: The paper princess.
Reading Level:
AD 660 Lexile.
Program Information:
Accelerated Reader AR LG 3.6 0.5 75052.

Reading Counts RC K-2 2.5 2 Quiz: 37705 Guided reading level: L.
Format :


Call Number
Material Type
Home Location
Item Holds
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books
PIC.BK. Juvenile Fiction Picture Books

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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.

Reviews 2

Booklist Review

K-Gr. 2. The paper princess, with her leaf-print dress, starry socks, and watermelon shoes, returns for her second far-flung adventure. When the girl who made Princess stops playing with her because she is growing up, Princess decides she wants to change, too. The wind whisks her off on a journey where she meets a cat, a baby, computerized toys, and a boy who makes her angel wings, so she can decorate the top of his Christmas tree. The tree is eventually thrown away, and rain and snow batter the princess. Then spring arrives, and butterflies recognize a kindred spirit and carry Princess aloft to fly south with them, where a young girl from a small village (never defined but possibly in Mexico) finds her. The sprightly mixed-media artwork, in Kleven's familiar colorfully decorative style, creates a breezy feeling for this heartening sequel about everyday change, strong spirits, and finding one's way. The ending raises the possibility of another Princess story. --Julie Cummins Copyright 2003 Booklist

School Library Journal Review

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 (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.