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When a little girl in a red cap puts her picnic basket over her arm and sets off through the woods to grandmother's house, one of the best-loved fairy tales of all time unfolds. Lisbeth Zwerger has brought the full range of her highly acclaimed talents to the illustrations in her version of Little Red-Cap, which was named a New York Times Best Illustrated Book in 1983. No ...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published September 7th 2006 by Minedition (first published January 1st 1983)
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Ch_amyM
This traditional version of Little Red Riding Hood, by the Brothers Grimm, has haunting pictures that illustrator Lisbeth Zwerger made using an ink and wash process. Little Red Riding Hood wears a red cap in this story and therefore gets the name Little Red-Cap, however, the story follows the traditional plot line with wolf beating Little Red-Cap to grandmother's house, eating them both up before the hunter comes to save them both.
This would be an excellent choice for sharing the traditional sto
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(NS) Heatherk
I have mixed reviews about this version of Red Riding Hood. The text was very lengthy, so I would recommend this story to upper elementary students. The vocabulary is rather enriched, so early elementary students may struggle with this version.

The illustrations are rather plain, but do relate well to the text. Originally, this version was written in German and then translated into English. Thus, the title was kept as is: Little Red Cap.

I think this version is a great tool in discussing how tra
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(NS)Jordyn
This is the Red Riding Hood version I remember from childhood. I remember reading these and discussing the "moral of the story" with my parents. This story is (no pun intended) grim, violent, and full of completely unrealistic twists and turns that make a fairytale a fairytale to me. The only downside to this version is the lack of common sense that Red Riding Hood displays. Newer childrens' books seem to portray children in a more intelligent and sensible light. The illustrations in this story ...more
Megan Compton
Little Red Cap
By Lisabeth Zwerger

This book also takes place in the woods, and is very similar to Hyman's. The wolf is the problem in this version. He follows Red Riding Hood into the woods and impersonates her Grandmother.In the end, the huntsman rescues both Red Riding
Hood and Grandma.

The illustrations in this version, however, are quite different than Hyman's version. Beautifully illustrated version of this tale. I love the illustrator’s use of the ink and wash method. It makes the illustrati
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Shelby Dains
This book would be a good book for more advanced 1st and 2nd graders who still want to read a picture book but need a more difficult reading level. It has nice detailed pictures and has a little spin an "Little Red Ridding Hood" (a classic). It does have some difficult words that might be a good activity for a student to find out what the difficult words mean. I did however not like the whole eating of the grandmother and granddaughter and then cutting of the wolf. That could scare many students ...more
Laura Rumohr
The Little Red Cap is based on The Little Red Riding Hood and is intended for children in grades k-3. As I began reading, I was surprised by how similar this story was with the one I had remembered hearing when I grew up. It begins with the little girl going out into the woods to go to her grandmother's. Along the way she meets a terrible wolf. Then the wolf goes ahead of her. This is the point where the story was different than the one I knew. The wolf went into the grandmother's house and gobb ...more
Scott Pagel
Nov 03, 2013 Scott Pagel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is for the Zwerger illustrated version entitled, "Little Red Cap".

Little Red Cap is probably a "variant" of the traditional tale but it is also the version that most readers are already familiar with since it is translated from The Brother's Grimm well known German version of the tale. In this book, the little girl wears a red cap of red silk made by her grandmother and she sets off to visit that grandmother. As she starts into the forest where her grandmother lives, she encounters the craf
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Viri
Mar 08, 2012 Viri rated it really liked it
I thought this book was a great read because not only it brings forth the closest interpretation to the real red riding hood story, but it is also a direct translation of a story from another country. It is defenetly not the traditional disney story, but instead brings forth the ideas of all the early folktales that the German culture had shared for many years.
In this story little red is taking the provicions that her mother asked her to take to grandmothers, but on the way the wolf distracted
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Jennifer
Nov 05, 2011 Jennifer rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
“Little Red Cap” by Brothers Grimm, is the story of the fairytale “Little Red Riding Hood”. To me it was exactly the same story except the girl was wearing a red cap in the story instead of a cape. The story is about a girl is sent to visit her grandmother with some cake and wine. She meets a wolf on her way to her grandmothers house and the wolf decides to meet little red cap at the grandmother’s house before she gets there. The wolf eats the grandmother up and waits until little red cap appear ...more
Ch_beverlyatwood
Title: Little Red Cap originally published in German under the title Rotkappchen
Author: The Brothers Grimm
Illustrator: Lisbeth Zwerger
Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
Year originally published: 1987
Translator (if applicable): Elizabeth D. Crawford
Approximate Interest Level/Reading Level: Kgn-Grade 3
Format (picture book, audio book, book read online, chapter book/novel, graphic novel): Picture book
Rating system:***
Brief summary: Traditional version of Little Red Riding Hood, except that she
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KevinL
This was a great take on the traditional Little Red Riding Hood. In this story Little Red Cap is wandering through the woods to deliver some goodies to an ailing grandma.Throughout the story you experience the beautiful illustrations by Lisbeth Zwerger. The illustrations are done in an ink smear technique, which make it look very similar to water colors. The awesome illustrations earned it New York Times best illustrated book in 1983. I really enjoyed the ending to this version of the story. I w ...more
Meltha
This is the traditional Brothers Grimm version, except "cap" is retained instead of "hood." The real draw would be the watercolor illustrations, particularly of the wolf himself. For some odd reason, the images of the wolf changing into grandma's nightdress reminded me of Beatrix Potter's work, and not unpleasantly. This does have the ending with the stones in the stomach and the oddly anesthesia-free abdominal surgery, which might be a bit traumatic and/or confusing for modern children, but it' ...more
Fred
Mar 03, 2015 Fred rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
the translation from German is complete with a happy ending for everyone but the wolf. the illustrations are very good, i like the style and detail.

also, i rather like the name "little red cap" instead of the more common "little red riding hood" because, let's face it - there was no horse in any version ever and if she had a riding hood and a horse she would have arrived before the wolf and the history of the world would have been much different from what we know today. if you're going to give h
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Vanessa Arredondo
Mar 27, 2012 Vanessa Arredondo rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I did not like when it said that the hunter cut open the wolf's stomach. That part seemed a bit too much to imagine for a little kid. The illustrations were not interesting. The colors that are used are very light and do not really emphasize anything. The text is on the left side with the page being all white and the picture is on the right side through out the book. The way Little Red Cap is outlined, does not make her stand out. Overall, the story is easy to read and it teaches kids to listen ...more
BillyAnn Stempel
This book is an older version of the classic little red riding hood fairy tale. It is much more gruesome and violent than the original story.

The illustrations look to be colored pencil

I thought this book was rather violent and less of a fairy tale than the original. It would still be good to talk to students about the way things change over time.
Lizette
This the original fairy tale written by the Grimm Brothers. A great fairy tale to teach kids some good lessons. I enjoyed the original version as well as a few of the newer versions. Great to use with students to make some comparisons. A good read aloud for students in grades K-3rd.
Sidharth Vardhan
Just a perfect story to tell your children how gullible people are liable to manipulation. It is one of those stories that can be interpenetrated in so many ways and also feeling happy for having finally read a Grimm fairy tale with out an evil step mother in it.
Marineke
Sep 29, 2012 Marineke rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
vertaling niet echt sprankelend, maar prachtige illustraties van mijn favoriete illustrator lisbeth zwerger
Emma
Jun 11, 2009 Emma rated it liked it
Haunting illustrations but, frankly, not a child friendly story when you really think about it.
Leah
Beautifully illustrated version of the classic fairytale, Little Red Riding Hood.
BiblioBrandie
Oct 07, 2012 BiblioBrandie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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Love the art of Lisbeth Zwerger.
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Not that interesting.
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Lisbeth Zwerger (born 26 May 1954) is an Austrian illustrator of children's books. For her "lasting contribution to children's literature" she received the international Hans Christian Andersen Medal in 1990.

Zwerger was born in Vienna in 1954. She studied 1971 to 1974 at the Applied Arts Academy of Vienna. Since the publication of her first illustrated book in 1977 she has worked as a freelance pi
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