Comparing The "Little Red Riding Hood" And The" Paper Bag Princess Tales"

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Women's struggle for identity, unfortunately, often continues to be associated with beauty. Young children continue to learn, through reading fairy tales such as the sleeping beauty, Cinderella, and etc that prettiness often leads to success. These stories illustrate the theme of beauty as the key to happiness. Although the paper bag Princess portrays the princess as a stronger character, the issue of beauty is still a focus towards the end. It's so refreshing to find a book that puts the female character not only as the hero, but who can stand on her own. There are several "messages" at work in this book which are positive reinforcements for girls of all ages. This story sends an assuring message to readers about women's potential to break through sex-stereotyping. This story also introduces a positive image of an empowered woman for children and adult alike. I love the messages in this story and also the ...view middle of the document...

One of the gender issue mentioned in this story is that men are stronger and it is their duty to save women from any harm. For example, it is the hunter who shot the wolf and saved the girl and her grandma. This shows that women are soft and they can't defend themselves from evil. In other words, this depicts an exact opposite image of women compare to the paper bag princess. I would strongly recommend the paper bag princess because, it proves that women can also stand on their own and do the things those men can do. This book is different from other fairy tales because it puts a female character (princess) as the main character and it is her who actually saves the prince and not the other way around. This book should be very well received and appreciated by girls everywhere. A terrific story about the energetic, intelligent Princess Elizabeth who marches to save her prince from the nasty dragon only to be received with no appreciation but judgment, The Paper Bag Princess shows girls that they should be respected and appreciated for their inner beauty and strengths including determination, courage, heart and wit and not exclusively on their outward appearance. This book should be in every girl's library. A little dose of reality is good because a girl needs to know early in life that not all relationships are worth staying in. Although I agree that the story has a wealth of small lessons for children to learn about boys and girls and expectations and disappointments, I think that one of its strongest points is that the book serves as a wonderful introduction to the fact that not all stories end the way we expect them to (it's still a happy ending, just a different one). This would teach small children another lesson that life doesn't always mean being happy. We can't expect happiness in every step in our life. Sometimes we have to face the reality. I wouldn't say little red riding hood cannot be read to children. Little red riding hood has the same message as many tales have, but the paper bag princess introduces totally a new theme. For all of these above reasons, I would recommend the paper bag princess to all young children.

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