The Story of Little Red Riding Hood

The Story of Little Red Riding Hood

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A little girl meets a wolf in the forest on her way to visit her grandmother.
Publisher: San Francisco : Handprint Books, 2010
ISBN: 9780811869867
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 32 cm
Alternative Title: Little Red Riding Hood. English


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FindingJane Sep 18, 2014

This sumptuous picture book contains not just one but three versions of this well-known Grimm tale of deceitful beasts and naïve little girls.

The first story is gorgeously illustrated, with color representations of pressed flowers, leaves and plants. They are so detailed that it’s all you can do to keep from rubbing the page to feel if they are real. They serve as lead-ins for the story; indeed, illustrations are suited marvelously to the text.

The violence of the wolf eating the grandmother is almost hidden, with only his hind legs and her outstretched hand hinting at what is happening to her. But there is no shying away from the brutal attack the wolf launches against Red Riding Hood. The viciousness of his assault causes every object in the pictured frame to go flying, the scarlet color of the red hood, curtains and flowers standing in for the blood that is omitted. The page shocks, while avoiding the gore that would be produced in an actual lupine attack.

The latter two stories are on sepia-toned paper, with the illustrations in black and white. The outcomes and actions of each story are very different but the moral remains the same. This is a fantastic addition to any fairy tale lover’s library, a three-for-the-price-of-one find that is certain to please small children and discerning adults.


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