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Little Red Riding Hood by Trina Schart Hyman
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Feb 05, 2012

really liked it
bookshelves: traditional-lit
Read in February, 2012

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 story told is the traditional version of Little Red Riding Hood, but the last page offers a new idea. Its irony is probably lost on young readers, but the last page of the book has Little Red recalling her mothers' instructions to be polite and not stray from the path. Although Little Red did stray from the path, she is comforted by remembering that she remembered her manners and was polite (to the wolf!). Adult readers will smile at Little Red's very childish justification of her behavior and may pause to reconsider the instructions they give their own children, as it is Little Red's politeness that gets her in trouble with the wolf in the first place!
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L12_markmesserly It's always amusing to find childrens' texts that appeal to adult interests through subtle twists or references that we can appreciate - certainly worth an extra half star in a review.

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