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Little Red Riding Hood (Children's and Household Tales #26)

4.09 of 5 stars 4.09  ·  rating details  ·  15,634 ratings  ·  371 reviews
Trina Schart Hyman used to pretend she was Little Red Riding Hood when she was a little girl, wearing a red cape sewn by her mother. Her love for this character permeates her award-winning retelling of the traditional Grimm story, even as Grandma and Little Red get eaten alive by the wolf and then saved by the kindly woodsman (illustrated carefully with a minimum of violen ...more
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Published (first published January 1st 1983)
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Mar 12, 2009 Kathryn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Kathryn by: Chandra, thank you!
Red Riding Hood has never been one of my favorite tales, but TSH's retelling is nice enough. It's the illustrations, though, that make this book a stand-out! They are absolutely gorgeous--so full of lovely details (the border art is such a nice touch! And I love that TSH put kitty cats into every scene she could manage!) The wolf looks so cute and friendly at first you don't blame Red Riding Hood for being nice to him--I almost wanted to pet him! But, his transformation... scary!
Lisa Vegan
May 03, 2010 Lisa Vegan rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers & listeners who enjoy this fairy tale: this is the version to read!
Recommended to Lisa by: Chandra
Where do I start?

With the bad: I was most disturbed by Hansel and Gretel as a child, but I was disturbed by many, many fairy tales, and Little Red Riding Hood was one of them. I felt anxiety as I was reading this, even as an adult. I object to wolves always being depicted as bad and evil and villainous. I just don’t like this story very much.

However, the good: Trina Schart Hyman is a genius; this is a wonderful retelling. And the illustrations are amazing: they’re gorgeously colorful, lush, exq
I loved this as a child, and in fact loved it so much that even know that I'm an adult I have a copy. The writing is probably good, but what I remember about this book (and what has me returning to it again and again) are Hyman's inimitable illustrations. The delicate lines, twisty trees, and beautiful colors are perfect for this fairy tale.
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I love this version, principally because of Trina Schart Hyman's wonderful illustrations. She spent several years in Europe, which is why her artwork has that feel to it, which makes it perfect for this fairy tale. I can't believe that this book has been challenged in some places because of the bottle of wine in her basket. In Europe it's normal for people to drink wine. Just because she has it in her basket, doesn't mean she's drinking it. So ridiculous! I'm glad it was a Caldecott honor book.
Lissett  S Ordosgoitti
“—¡Ay, abuelita! ¡Qué orejas más grandes tienes!
—Así te oigo mejor.
—¡Ay, abuelita, vaya manos tan grandes que tienes!
—Así puedo cogerte mejor.
—¡Pero, abuelita! ¡Qué boca más terriblemente grande!
—¡Es para tragarte mejor!”

The illustrations in this book--done by author Trina Schart Hyman--are wonderful! Hyman gives great expression to the faces of all of the humans in the story and does a particularly good job depicting the innocence and awkwardness of Little Red. The text borders have a quilt-like quality and pair nicely with the muted coloring that recalls the look of a storybook that has been around for generations and has aged from years of loving use. It is obvious why this book won the Caldecott Medal!

The st
**** Caldecott Honor (1984) ****

Splendid illustrations, full of lush detail and colorful composition. An excellent edition of the classic tale.
A well-deserved winner of the Caldecott Honor in 1984. LRRH has a name, Elisabeth, in this faithful retelling of a Grimms' version. I loved that LRRH's cat followed her on her journey, and on the page where the old huntsman arrived at the cottage (because of the loud snoring), LRRH's cat is shown at the huntsman's feet, meowing at him, as if telling the huntsman to hurry, that Grandmother and Elisabeth have just been eaten. The huntsman cuts the wolf open, then, after the ladies escape the wolf' ...more
Melanie Fernandez
This IS, as I am told, more of the traditional version of Little Red Riding Hood. However, as I am reading it, I realize this was NOT the story I had read to me as a child! I thought that was the version I knew but I was clearly mistaken. SPOILER...First off, Little Red Riding Hood is named Elisabeth and her mother sends her off to see her grandmother, stressing that she should not run to her house as to not break the bottle of wine she was bringing her. It was also stressed to use good manners ...more
L11-Mary Utterback
I chose to read this version of Little Red Riding Hood last. I wanted to read other renditions before I read the more traditional version. Let me start by saying that the illustrations set the perfect tone for the story. They were not too bright and set a more solemn mood. You could almost picture an overcast morning with dew resting on the leaves in the forest. I also liked the way the author presented the wolf as a normal wolf and not some supernatural being.

With that said I found the story t
Niamh Ryan
Yet another classic tale that I read and think would be a strong addition to any classroom of appropriate age. This particular edition differs from any other book I have read because of the excellent imagery the author uses. A young girl better known as Little Red Riding Hood sets out through a forest to visit her Grandmother. On her way there she is approached by a Wolf. She naively tells him where she is headed and he is hoping to eat her. When she arrives at her Grandmothers house she notices ...more
This is the classic version of Little Red Riding Hood. As the story goes, Red is given the task of taking treats to her sick grandmother and must she must travel through the forest to arrive at her grandmothers home. Along the way she meets a wolf that is motivated to Red and her grandmother. While some versions of this tale end with the wolf spitting out the two, this version ends with the wolf getting slaughtered by a huntsman who rescues the two women. This ending of the tale may be too graph ...more
(NS) Heatherk
This was my favorite edition to this popular tale. The tale was originally written by the Brothers Grimm, but in this version the tale is retold and illustrated by Hyman. Hyman does a fantastic job in bringing her words to life with the illustrations. This version also is a Caldecott winner.

The text is lengthy as the readers better understand Elisabeth, the Red Riding Hood in the story. Elisabeth develops throughout the story, so character traits would be an excellent element to discuss. With t
This is a classic retelling of the Grimm version by author/illustrator Trina Schart Hyman. She won a Caldecott Honor Medal for the beautiful illustrations and lovely borders used to frame the text. In the Grimm version, both Grandma and R.R.H. are swallowed whole by the wolf. They are rescued by a passing woodsman who kills the wolf and frees the women after he hears the wolf snoring loudly from Granny's bed. (The wolf is recouperating from his HUGE meal!)

Aside from the lovely illustrations, Hy
Heather McWain
This book is so classic! I chose this book because there are so many versions of Little Red Riding Hood, and I have never read this book. I think the pictures are absolutely outstanding! The Illustrator did an amazing job. I can understand why this book would be on the challenged book list. There is some violence and it can be seen as corrupt. Also she is carrying wine in her basket. But I do not see the problem with that because in that day and age, there were no drinking restrictions. Its not ...more
This very famous tale is a good story to read to children. This book tells of a little girl who goes to visit her grandmother but is stopped by a predatory wolf. It gives a message to children to not stray from a safe path and to not speak to strangers. Very bad things happened to the little girl all because she is not paying attention to the bad wolf.

The colors in the book show much contrast. Red is a very attentive color that draws the eye of the reader to it. The girl is Little Red Riding Ho
Jenna Lattu
Summary: This book is a retold version of an old folktale about a girl who is going to visit her grandmother. Her mother tells her to go straight there and deliver her basket to her sick grandmother and not to make any stops or talk to strangers along the way. Along the way, she runs into a wolf who asks her where she is going. He sneaks into her grandmother’s house and disguises himself as her, but before the wolf can bite Little Red Riding hood someone comes to save the day.

Theme: Do not trust
DyolF Dixon
Little Red Riding Hood by The Brothers Grimm retold and illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman is a melancholy classic. It tells the story of a little girl, who does not fully obey her mother. She gets off of the path to grandmother’s house which allows the wolf to run to grandmother’s house and eat her. The wolf dresses up as grandma and eats Little Red Riding Hood. Woodman comes along, realizes what happened, and cut Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother out of the wolf’s stomach.
The illustrat
Bao Chau
once upon a time, there was a little girl names red ridding hood. her mother told her to bring foods for her grandma because her grandma is sick. her mother told her do not go through the forest way because there is a wolf like to eat human. the little one say yes and yes before leave the house but by the time she was on the road, she totally forgot because she kept follow all the beautiful flower and butterflies. so she ending up go to the forest. the wolf saw her there and asked her a punch of ...more
Brooke Snyder
Summary: A young girl named Elisabeth lived with her mother. One day, her mother told Elisabeth to take a few items to her sick grandmother. Her mother said go straight to your grandmother’s house and straight home. On her travel, she came across a wolf. She parted with the wolf but the wolf went to her grandmother’s house. The wolf ate Elisabeth’s grandmother in one gulp. When Elisabeth arrived, the wolf ate her too. A hunter heard the wolf snoring and entered Grandma’s house and found the wolf ...more
Courtney Dyer
This is a Little Red Riding Hood variant retold from the Grimms Brothers' classic story. It is also a Caldecott Honor book.

Elisabeth is told to go deliver a basket of fresh bread, sweet butter, and wine to her grandmother who is sick in bed. On her way through the woods, she encounters a wicked wolf. He convinces her to stop and pick some flowers while he runs ahead to grandmother's house to eat her up. When Elisabeth finally arrives, she senses that something is wrong. After questioning the wol
Christen Tulli
Category: Folklore
Publication date: 1987

NOTE: Annotation is listed above if you click on the title.

Themes: classic arc of story, good vs. evil, don't talk to strangers!

Ways to Use Book:
*Go over the classic arc of a story. It is an especially powerful example of climax! We all know the infamous six words… “The better to eat you with!”
*Teach definition of “moral”
*Have kindergarten students retell the story by putting pictures in order. *Discuss the conflicts throughout the story
*Expose students to
Little Red Riding Hood by Trina Schart Hyman is a Caldecott Medal award winning work of folklore intended for preschool and elementary school aged children that I read as an e-book. This is the classic story of Little Red Riding Hood retold where a little girl named Elisabeth lives with her mother in the city and is traveling through the forest to visit granny but is met by a sneaky wolf instead. Minding her manners Elisabeth reluctantly tells the wolf where she is headed. She gets to grandmas ...more
This version adds a little twist to it. Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother got eaten up by the wolf. However, she and her grandmother was saved by the huntsman by cutting open the wolf's belly. Of course, this version is different from the original one but it has a moral which is to learn to be careful of who you speaks when you're alone because no one can be trusted.

The book is a traditional literature due to the plot and different characters that took place. Ad
Megan Compton
Little Red Riding Hood
By Trina Schart Hyman

This book is a more classic version of this folktale. Elisabeth, or Little Red Riding Hood lives “...on the edge of a village” with her mother. Elisabeth also travels through the woods to go to her grandmother’s house to bring her goods while she is sick. During her journey, the wolf finds Elisabeth in the woods and follows her. Grandma is eaten by the wolf and needs to be saved by the huntsman. In the end, the huntsman saves both Little Red Riding Hood
Stephanie Barrios
Me decepciono un poco este libro, no porque este mal ni nada sino que me habían dicho que la historia es traumante y que me asustaría, que no es igual a la que siempre cuentan, así que me predispuse al cuento preparándome psicológicamente para algo que me iba a afectar, pero resulta que es la misma historia que se de chiquita, así que fue como repasar mi niñez.

Es un cuento muy entretenido y que llama la atención con tal solo leer las primeras lineas, diría que es bonita la historia, pero en rea
Woody Calhoon
My first thoughts on this book, being as it is a picture book, is that the art is very well done and fits very well with both the story and the idea that this book is aimed towards young children. The lines are not solid and block-like, but instead have a much more sketched look to them which, in my opinion, fits better for a children's picture book. Children have very active imaginations when visualizing things as they read and the images in their heads rarely take on more "solid" look. So, in ...more
Mckenzie Marcinek
This is a story about a young girl named Elisabeth lived with her mother. One day, mother told Elisabeth to take a few items to her sick grandmother. Her mother said go straight to your grandmother’s house and straight home. On her travel, she came across a wolf. She parted with the wolf but the wolf went to her grandmother’s house. The wolf ate Elisabeth’s grandmother in one gulp. When Elisabeth arrived, the wolf ate her too. A hunter heard the wolf snoring and entered Grandma’s house and found ...more
Elizabeth Byers
Little Red Riding Hood is a classic fairytale story about a girl who goes to take food to her sick grandmother and visit her. She runs into a wolf on her way and the wolf asks her where she is going. Little Red Riding Hood tells the wolf she is going to take food to her sick granny. The wolf then goes to the granny’s house, locked her up in a cupboard, and pretends to be the grandmother when Little Red Riding Hood gets there. She soon figures out that it is not her granny and runs from the house ...more
Krista the Krazy Kataloguer
I can't believe that someone would ban/challenge this book just because Trina Schart Hyman depicted a bottle of wine in Red's basket. I love Trina's European-influenced style. If only I could draw like that...
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Trina Schart Hyman (April 8, 1939 – November 19, 2004) was an American illustrator of children's books. She illustrated over 150 books, including fairy tales and Arthurian legends.

She won the 1985 Caldecott Medal for U.S. picture book illustration, recognizing Saint George and the Dragon, retold by Margaret Hodges.
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