Little Red Riding Hood

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Little Red Riding Hood
Series: Character Traits, Courage
Genres: Juvenile Fiction, Picture Books
Tags: Ages 3-5, Ages 5-8, Award Winners
ASIN: 0823406539
ISBN: 0823406539

Little Red Riding Hood is a classic of children's literature. This retelling of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale brings new life to an old favorite with illustrations that children will linger over.

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About the Book

Little Red Riding Hood:

Traveling alone, deep in the woods, Elisabeth suspects her basket of treats isn’t the only thing a sly wolf is after.

A classic of children’s literature, this retelling of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale brings new life to an old favorite with illustrations that children will linger over.

Surrounded by an abundance of wildflowers, mushrooms, pinecones, and birds, Elisabeth heads off in her red cloak to visit her ailing grandmother. She’s all alone—until she is joined by a wicked wolf, who urges her to stray from her wooded path.

Framed with hand-drawn patterns and textured vignettes, Trina Schart Hyman’s illustrations add intrigue to the familiar story, filled with subtle detail and depth.

With the help of a brave woodsman, Elisabeth and her grandmother are saved, and Little Red Riding Hood learns a valuable lesson.

Little Red Riding Hood was a Caldecott Honor Book, and received a Gold Kite Award for Picture Book Text.

About the Author:

Trina Schart Hyman (1939 – 2004) received one Caldecott Medal and three Caldecott Honors during her distinguished career. From the age of four she knew that she would become an illustrator. She insisted that drawing was her reason for being. “I drew because I needed to,” she said, “as well as for the sheer joy of it.” She created iconic, exquisite illustrations for more than 150 books. Born in Philadelphia, she lived most of her life in New Hampshire. Learn more about her here.

A Few Reviews:

“I love this version of the story that actually closely follows the Grimm brothers original. Good lessons intertwined (obedience to parents, good listening, using manners, thinking of others, etc). Amazing illustrations. My kids LOVE this book.” -Amazon Reviewer Darrell Tigh

“Parents vary on the version of Red Riding Hood they want to share with their kids. So, let me say up front, I wanted the one where the grandma gets eaten (not hides in the closet); where Red Riding Hood gets eaten (not rescued at the very last minute) and where the wolf gets killed (not runs away). If this is NOT for you, pick another version. Personally, I get mad when grandma hides in the closet (what….and doesn’t jump out to intervene between her granddaughter and a ravenous wolf? She’s either deaf or heartless……) I think Red Riding Hood needs to get eaten (natural consequences are great learning lessons.) And unless the wolf is killed and hauled off by the woodsman to be hung on his door, how do you know for SURE that he’ll never, ever, ever return? My daughter is 3 and this is one of her very favorite bedtime stories. The illustrations by Trina Schart Hyman are lovely, with little homages to her Mimi hid within.” – Amazon Reviewer Lisa

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