AT LAST! More adventures about the brave and friendly, soulful paper princess making her way from her (now grown up) creator to the hand of another artistic child in Mexico. What a wonderful antidote to the mass consumer society we live in today. It is definitely a story to cherish and the illustrations are beyond this world! Kleven's illustrations of the Monarch butterflies in flight are mystical and left me hoping for more. Hooray for our brave princess and may her own creator, Elisa Kleven, bless us with more delightful and heartfelt stories!!
The Paper Princess Finds Her Way is an absolutely wonderful and inspiring book. Even though "It can be a hard world for small fragile things," the paper princess knows she must change because the world around her has changed. She boldly takes on the challenges of the hard world and finds adventure, beauty and newness. Elisa's writing is wonderfully illustrative; I could clearly imagine the cat who "smiled a sharp cat smile" or the butterflies that "travelled, a magic carpet of sunlit wings." The story made me laugh, smile and think about the beauty in life and the beauty of change. This book is not just for children. However, my eight year old was just as enthralled as I. "Wait! I want to look at the picture," he urged, not wanting to be rushed before he read the page. The illustrations in The Paper Princess Finds Her Way are intimate and full of details that tell their own stories such as birthday parties or a child cooking with her grandma. As with Elisa's other books, studying the pictures is much of the fun and I'd become absorbed in the small village or living room on the page. I highly recommend this book for children's libraries, home libraries and all elementary school classrooms.
My children and I were enchanted by this book. We love the author's ability to blend imaginary elements -- talking paper dolls, toys and animals -- with real and inspiring facts from nature, namely the migration of Monarch butterflies. The passages which show the paper princess abandoned in the discarded Christmas tree, enduring the harsh winter, awakening in spring, and finally being rescued by the Monarchs "one late summer day...when the leaves are flying like tiny kites" are especially moving. This tale both feeds our imaginations and stimulates our awe for the animal kingdom. Sharing this beautiful and unique book would be a great way to introduce Monarchs in the classroom.
I am a huge fan of Elisa Kleven's work - unique, beautiful, colorful, thought-provoking, and uplifting. Each of her books illustrate values such as acceptance, friendship, courage, compassion, confidence, perseverance, hope, love, sharing. Like her other books, this beautifully told story, offers a great message. The princess is not a plastic, skinny thing with her own convertible. She is quirky, imperfect, goes on adventures, and is made from paper, love, and the earth. She is a childhood treasure made without money. Highly, highly recommended. This one is worth buying!
The Paper Princess series by Elisa Kleven are charming stories about a paper doll and her children, beautifully illustrated. I first read the second of the series, The Paper Princess Finds Her Way, and loved the way monarch butterflies took the paper princess with them on their migration to Mexico. I plan to give this book combined with Butterfly Connectagons ® to two of my granddaughters for Christmas and make paper dolls with them while we visit. I think Kleven includes enough boys in her stories to hold the interest of several grandsons, as well. Dale
Elisa Kleven is a fabulous artist, who creates a magical, safe wonderful world for her characters. I wish I could live in her books, they are so beautifully done with such love and attention to small detail, not to mention the heartwarming characters and story lines.