The Paper Princess by Elisa Kleven

A paper-doll princess is blown away by the wind before she is given hair by the little girl who created her. After a series of misadventures, she meets a kind jay who takes pity on her and helps her to make her way back to where — and whom — she belongs.

I love atypical princess stories, and I really appreciate the way The Paper Princess plays down the looks factor (the poor paper doll is bald for the most part of the story) and instead highlights the importance of kindness and friendship.

Plus, Elisa Kleven‘s mesmerising mixed-media illustrations pack such a kaleidoscope of colours, textures and whimsical details that an already-enchanting story is transformed into pure magic.

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