Little Red Riding Hood
Little Red Riding Hood
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Annotation: On her way to deliver a basket of food to her sick grandmother, Elisabeth encounters a sly wolf.
Genre: Fairy tales
Catalog Number: #3412373
Format: Publisher's Hardcover
All Formats: Search
Publisher: Holiday House
Copyright Date: 1983
Edition Date: 1983
Pages: 32
Availability: Available
ISBN: 0-8234-0470-6
ISBN 13: 978-0-8234-0470-4
Dewey: 398.1
Dimensions: 25 cm.
Language: English
ALA Booklist
First published in the U.S. in 1968, this tall, striking edition of Little Red Riding Hood is now available again. The story has been retold here and shortened a bit, but the essentials are still in place. Red Riding Hood carries "cake and some cordial" to her ailing grandmother. The wily wolf swallows Grandmother and Red Riding Hood whole. After a passing hunter saves them by cutting open the sleeping beast, the wolf awakens, finds his belly filled with stones, and dies. Though the colorful illustrations are the same size, the book's format and typeface are a bit larger now. The expressive, naive artwork looks brighter and more dramatic than ever on the book's heavy, white pages. This picture book offers a vibrant, traditional (in the best sense) version of a classic folktale.
Horn Book
In this Swiss import, first published in 1968, the well-known story is told simply and without embellishment, including some violent elements (e.g., the wolf's belly is slit open and filled with stones). The expansive illustrations use Old World folk-art elements to envelop readers in the forest landscapes.
Kirkus Reviews
My, what big talent she has! British artist Watts's treatment of this Grimm Brothers favorite was first published in Europe in 1968. Now issued with a new (sadly uncredited) English translation, it will reach a contemporary American audience. The illustrator's detailed, richly colored pictures bear the influence of her mentor, Brian Wildsmith, and she demonstrates her mastery of the picture-book form as she juxtaposes characters across the gutter at strategic moments, employs fully saturated pages at some turns and spot art at others, all heightening readers' focus and dramatic tension at key points. That said, even the inclusion of the oft-excluded scene in which the huntsman sews stones into the belly of the doomed wolf doesn't push the story into terribly frightening graphic content. Earlier, both Grandma and Little Red are devoured offstage in the illustrations, and the four-picture sequence depicting the wolf getting his comeuppance is comical rather than gory. The old is new again here, and this is a welcome addition to the fairy-tale shelf. (Picture book/fairy tale. 5-9)
Word Count: 1,551
Reading Level: 4.4
Interest Level: K-3
Accelerated Reader: reading level: 4.4 / points: 0.5 / quiz: 9500 / grade: Lower Grades
Reading Counts!: reading level:3.3 / points:2.0 / quiz:Q06981
Lexile: 870L
Guided Reading Level: N
Fountas & Pinnell: N

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.

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