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

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She sets off through the forest to visit her grandmother in this classic edition.
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Published February 1st 1988 by Story Time Assoc (first published January 1st 1880)
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Kathryn
Mar 12, 2009 Kathryn rated it 4 of 5 stars
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...more
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.
L12_sarah
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...more
Cheryl in CC NV
Maybe I just wasn't in the mood - other readers may like it more. The retelling is familiar, just goes into a little more detail. I never realized before, but think of poor granny - first she's doing poorly, then she gets eaten, then in the course of getting rescued she gets blood all over her bed and cottage. This version didn't show the blood, but it mentioned the mess. Now of course this is Trina Schart Hyman's creation, so the illustrations are what really matters. And if you're a fan of pic...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...more
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
Ch_13catherinecooper
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
Lissett 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!”

(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...more
Ch_jank-caporale
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...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...more
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...more
Dawn
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
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...more
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
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...
Kristen
It's interesting how we notice different things in stories depending on when we read them. When I was younger I thought Red was a bit stupid for not recognizing the wolf and even talking to the wolf in the first place. But now, I simply see a very young girl with good instincts who doesn't quite know how to utilize them.

This version of the story is my absolute favorite. Partly because it was one of my yearly book gifts from my grandparents, who were great encouragers of my love of reading. And...more
Ally Copper
“Little Red Riding Hood,” a Brothers Grimm fairy tale retold and illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman, is a special picture book featuring intricately detailed, colorful illustrations that bring the story to life. The two-page spreads feature one page of text set off in a box featuring a few panels of decorative designs and at least one panel with an element from the story. The other page features a full-page illustration of what is happening in the story. This lends a traditional feel to the book...more
Tabitha
Ages: Kdg-2nd grade

Hyman created a delightful retelling on the classic fairytale, “Little Red Riding Hood”. Her illustrations contain a collage of details with the words set apart in the middle of the page with a white background. The images of Little Red, her mother, her grandmother, the wood cutter, and the wolf all seemed very realistic and contained an exuberant amount of color. Even down to the fur on the wolf. Hyman described the items that Little Red was taking to her grandmother in great...more
Teneka Howland
3rd - 4th grade

Although this book could be read to younger students, I would not recommend it as the storyline can be quite gruesome for small children. I would possibly, also omit the use of alcohol that is portrayed. Hyman wrote and illustrated this classic tale of Little Red Riding Hood. The pictures are very detailed and warm. The writing in the text is small and the words are very close together. Hyman did a wonderful job of making the wolf look friendly and innocent when the little girl fi...more
L11_Ryanne Szydlik
In this Traditional Tale the Brothers Grimm tell the tale of the little girl who learns a very important lesson. This gruesome tale is the most common form of this story. In this version Little Red Riding Hood has been sent to her sick grandmother's house to bring her food and wine. Her mother warns Little Red to stick to the path, but the adventurous little girl does not listen. While she is walking she meets the hungry and very dangerous wolf. He tricks her into picking flowers for her grandmo...more
Seth
Little Red Riding Hood by Trina Schart Hyman is the Brother's Grimm fairytale version. This book is really good and just touches on the eerie side a bit. With beautiful illustrations this book is able to capture the forrest life of Little Red Riding Hood and on her way to Grandmother's house. Not realizing it, I sort of forgot how this version ended. The story is simple to follow and captures the naive innocence of a little girl on the way to Grandmother's house. The story gets a bit morbid when...more
David
Little Red Riding Hood by Brothers Grimm, retold and illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman is a beautifully illustrated retelling of the Grimm story of a little girl who disobeys her mother and nearly comes to a bad end as a result.

The text is a fairly standard retelling with an emphasis on manners. This version has some frightening action, although most everything is settled satisfactorily, thanks to the huntsman. The text, which is surrounded by colorful borders and small pictures, appears on eve...more
N_Allie l
We all know the tale of Little Red Riding Hood. At least we all think we know the tale of Little Red Riding Hood.

In this version of the classic folk tale, retold and illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman, the ending might just surprise you. This Caldecott Honor story starts out with Little Red falling head over heels in love with a red cloak that her beloved grandmother made for her. Little Red loves her cloak so very much that she is donned the name "Little Red Riding Hood".

When Little Red's belov...more
N_patricia Brunner
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Alunafowler
The folklore book called Little Red Riding Hood retold and illustrated by Trina Hyman was a more contemporary picture book told about the famous character Red Robbin. Its always heart warming to start a book of with "once upon a time" as this book did as it went to describe how she got her name. its funny how we give children so many orders and suspect for them to or not follow those orders correctly. This fiction folklore book introduces Red Riding Hood on a journey to grandmothers house who li...more
Kyle
I read this for one of my fairytale books.

This version of Little Red Riding Hood is closest to the Grimm's earlier version. It tells the story of a little girl who brings her sick grandmother food, but the wolf pretends to be her grandmother. The wolf eats the girl and grandma, but a huntsman ends up saving both of them. Though fairytale books are usually geared for children, this book may be best suited for an upper elementary crowd. One reason I think it should be for a more mature audience i...more
Patsy Ann
I am a huge Little Red Riding Hood fan, for I remember reading it all the time when i was young, but I did not like this version of the book. This version was way off from the normal and I think I would have liked it way more if it was the same. The artist did a really nice job drawing the pictures though! I do not like twists on classics, I think it is just wrong. The book became a classic because people likes the way it was written originally, so I think the book should have been left the same...more
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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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