“I loved this more modern version of Little Red Riding Hood. The illustrations (they managed to draw in 2 crazy cat ladies, a detail not central to the story) are as enjoyable as the story. The main themes are not lost, and happens to be a good lesson for young children in today's climate of...”see full review » see other reviews »
““Red Riding Hood” by James Vance Marshall; published by Puffin; copyright 1993
1. No awards were received for this book.
2. Appropriate Grade Level: Prek-1
3. Summary: This book begins with Little Red Riding Hood taking custard to her sick grandmother who lives in the woods. She runs into a wolf whom she thinks is very nice. She is skeptical at first, but the wolf seemed so friendly, and she decided there was no harm in him escorting her to grandma’s house. When they arrive, the wolf eats grandpa (before Red Riding Hood notices), and then disguises himself as grandma to trick Little Red. Little Red Riding Hood does notice distinct differences in her grandma, like her big teeth, and so on, but doesn’t run away. The wolf eats Little Red also. The wolf is so full and happy. A little while goes by, and a hunter goes into the grandma’s house because he suspects something is wrong. He notices the wolf has swallowed people, and cuts the wolf open to save Grandma and Little Red. He saves them both and fills the wolf’s belly with stones.
Review: I like that this version of Little Red Riding Hood almost followed the original. Although, it isn’t the most “kid friendly” version, it is close to the real thing. I enjoyed re-reading this story, because I have not heard it in a long time. It’s obvious that this folk tale is still very popular if different versions are still being made in present day.
4. Uses in the Classroom:
- Dramatic play on the story of “Little Red Riding Hood”
- Defining Fiction vs. Non-Fiction
- Making a T-chart on Little Red’s decisions
- Should you go into the woods alone
- Should you ever trust a stranger
- What should Little Red have done?
- 3 Main ideas of the story
-Draw pictures to tell the story in small groups (wordless)
- In groups, turn this story into a graphic novel
- Write an alternate ending to this book
“Shows that people are not what they seem”mary wrote this review Tuesday, September 24, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“I loved this more modern version of Little Red Riding Hood. The illustrations (they managed to draw in 2 crazy cat ladies, a detail not central to the story) are as enjoyable as the story. The main themes are not lost, and happens to be a good lesson for young children in today's climate of pedophiles and perverts, as to WHY it is not a good idea to talk to strangers without having to go into much detail!”Katherine Gagin wrote this review Tuesday, August 6, 2013. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“1. Awards this book has won: none
2. Appropriate grade level(s): This book is appropriate for children in preschool through first grade.
3. Summary: Red Riding Hood’s granny wasn’t feeling well, so her mother told her to bring over her favorite custard. Her mother told her not to talk to any strangers along the way. On the way, Red Riding Hood runs into a wolf in the woods. The wolf finds out where her granny lives, and beats Red Riding Hood to her house. The wolf tricks Granny into thinking he is Red Riding Hood and when she lets him into her house, he eats her. When Red Riding Hood arrives at Granny’s house, the wolf tricks her into thinking he is her granny. He then eats Red Riding Hood, too. Next, a hunter comes into the house and kills the wolf, saving both Red Riding Hood and Granny. Red Riding Hood decides she will never talk to strangers again, even if they seem charming.
Review: This story has large, colorful illustrations of Red Riding Hood’s day in the woods. The story shows children that they should not trust strangers, because they may not always be truthful. Because Red Riding Hood didn’t listen to her mother, she put both herself and her granny in danger. Students can relate to this story because there have most likely been times where some of them did not listen to their parents. This makes them see that bad things can happen if they do not listen.
4. Uses in the classroom:
-Discuss the main events of the story
-Ask students to make predictions about the story (Do you think the wolf will trick Granny? Do you think he will trick Red Riding Hood?)
-Ask students what they would do in this situation- would they listen to the wolf?
“Kindergarten - 1st Grade
It's about a little girl that takes an adventurous trip into the woods to visit her grandmother but ends up running into the big bad wolf.
It's a classic book for children to understand life lessons of how they should never talk or listen to strangers unless advised by an adult. The adventurous part of the woods, wolf, etc. give students knowledge of forests, animals, wild life.
Don't talk to strangers
““Red Riding Hood” by James Marshall; published by The Penguin Group; New York; copyright 1987
1. Awards this book has won: This book has not been awarded any medals.
2. Appropriate grade level(s): This book is appropriate for children in second through fourth grade.
3. Summary: Little Red Riding Hood’s grandmother is feeling under the weather, so her mother tell her daughter to bring her baked custard. Red Riding Hood loves visiting her grandmother, but dislikes the dark forest. Her mother tells her not to talk to any strangers, but she soon disobeys her by talking to a charming wolf. She tells the wolf she is going to visit her ill grandmother. The wolf decides to beat Red Riding Hood to eat both of them. He gobbles up grandmother and puts on her clothes as a disguise. Red Riding Hood is soon gobbled up as well until a neighboring hunter sees the wolf and cuts out grandmother and Red Riding Hood. She never spoke to strangers again.
Review: This folktale is told through bubbly fun illustrations that are soft in color. The author does a great job with rewriting the folktale so it is not as frightening for young children. I really enjoyed the ending by including an illustration of Red Riding Hood walking in the dark woods again, but refusing to talk to charming alligator—who is a stranger.
4. Uses in the classroom:
• Include this book into a unit discussing well-known folk-tales.
• After a read-aloud, have a class discussion about not talking to strangers and the consequences. Discuss what the students should do if they ever encounter a stranger trying to talk with them
• Have students write a few sentences about where there grandparents live. If students do not have grandparents, ask the students to write about a vacation they have been on.
• Have students make a play incorporating all of the students as different characters. Perform the play using the original text and fun props.
My Tag: Traditional Literature (G).
“A girl meets a hungry wolf on the way to meet her grandmother. Great for younger readers”NICHOLAS C. MITCHELL wrote this review Thursday, December 6, 2012. ( reply | permalink ) Was this review helpful? Yes | No
“Red Riding Hood retold by James Marshall
1. Awards: N/A
2. Grade Level: PreK-1: The large illustrations and familiar tale make this story perfect for young children.
3. Summary and Review: Red Riding Hood tells a wolf in the woods that she is going to Granny’s house and, clever as he is, he plans to get there before she does to eat her and her basket of treats. Just as Red Riding Hood is beginning to realize that her Granny doesn’t look quite like herself, the wolf gobbles her up. Red and Granny are set free when a hunter cuts them out of the wolf’s stomach, and she learns never to talk to strangers again. The illustrations are very cartoon-like and child-friendly. The part where the hunter cuts open the wolf’s stomach is appropriately left out of the illustrations, showing only Red Riding Hood, her Granny in his arms, and the wolf’s feet. The voices of Red, the Granny, and the wolf make this an amazing read-aloud book! Children are likely to get involved by acting out the roles of the characters.
4. Uses in the classroom: The abundance of these descriptive words, and the memorable story, make this a great pick as an introduction to character and setting. Red Riding Hood is “kind and considerate, and everybody love[s] her.” The wolf has “such charming manners” at first, but then he is “clever” and sneaky when he eats Granny and Red Riding Hood. For setting, the woods are “deep, dark,” and “scary” and Granny’s house is “pretty yellow.” The analysis can further lead into a compare and contrast activity between the characters and the multiple settings. The teacher might allow students to act out the story, taking on the roles of the mother, Red, the wolf, Granny, and the hunter. In this way, students will actively see how the character traits are portrayed beyond the illustrations of the story while strengthening their language development.”
“A traditional version of Little Red Riding Hood with a slight twist at the end when Grandma is saved by a hunter passing by who hears a "frightful racket" and cuts the wolf open to save Grandma. I did enjoy the illustrations in this book. They are very colorful and inviting to children.
Classroom use: compare contrast to non traditional versions
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