When my daughter was a baby, my sister-in-law gave her a book that had been inscribed by the author. It was a hardbound picture book rather than a board book, so until she was old enough not to mangle the pages, I kept it out of her reach. Now that she is four, she requests the book for our bedtime story more often than not. It's Elisa Kleven's The Paper Princess, and it is a beautiful, imaginative story.
The Paper Princess tells of a paper-doll princess, recently cut out and not quite finished, who is blown away by the wind into a series of adventures. She rides on a Ferris wheel, gets crumpled up and thrown in a trash can, is rescued by a jay building her nest and finally, she finds her way home.
The book is beautifully illustrated and written in a warm, wistful way. Even as an adult, you will find yourself rooting for the princess to find the girl who drew her and loves her! It is a sweet story and is a wonderful change of pace from the Disney princess stories that my daughter also loves.
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