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Paperback Little Red Riding Hood: By the Brothers Grimm Book

ISBN: 0823406539

ISBN13: 9780823406531

Little Red Riding Hood: By the Brothers Grimm

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Traveling alone, deep in the woods, Elisabeth suspects her basket of treats isn't the only thing a sly wolf is after. A classic of children's literature, this retelling of the Brothers Grimm fairy tale brings new life to an old favorite with illustrations that children will linger over. Surrounded by an abundance of wildflowers, mushrooms, pinecones, and birds, Elisabeth heads off in her red cloak to visit her ailing grandmother. She's all alone--until...

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5 ratings

Little Red Riding Hood

I love Trina Schart Hyman's illustration style. I appreciate her line quality and the depth she gets from her paints and the faces of her characters are so expressive. She gets so much detail into each page. It is fun to study each page and to see all that is happening as the story unfolds. I have always been an admirer of her stories.

This is the true story!

It is so difficult to find these tales told with the original plot, and not made so happy and safe that the point gets lost. And there are important lessons from these tales. Does EVERY story have to end up with everyone living happily ever after? What is that teaching? My three year old loves the danger, gets the message and is not unduly frightened. The illustrations are charming and rich and spark her imagination. The wolf looks like a wolf and Little Red Riding Hood looks like a little girl, instead of saturday morning cartoons. Trina Hyman is a magnificant artist. This is the way I remember the story instead of so many of the modern versions when the wolf ends up being changed into a repentant and compliant friend - that is not how life is and this version is honest without indulging in gross violence.

A great version of Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood is a fairy tale that has been told and retold many times. Trina Hyman's version that she both retells and illustrates is based on the Grimm Brother's version. This version of Little Red Riding Hood contains a happy ending and a moral. There are two plots in this story: the visual and the textual. In Hyman's version (the textual story line), Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother are eaten by the wolf, but the huntsman saves them by cutting open the wolf's belly. Little Red Riding Hood learns to be careful of who she speaks to when she is alone in the woods, because strange wolves can not be trusted. Hyman places the text, surrounded by a border, on the left-hand page. The corresponding illustration is on the right-hand page. The visual story line involves main illustrations and borders that surround the text. The borders are designed after Pennsylvania Dutch folk art, common garden plants, and wallpaper, but they also "reflect the underlying meaning of the story". At the beginning and ending of the story, the colors included in the borders, such as yellow, green and pink, are full of life. This signifies that before her adventure, Little Red Riding Hood is full of life and afterwards, she receives a second chance at life when the Huntsman saves her. When Little Red Riding Hood is at her grandmother's house, the borders match something inside, such as an apron or quilt square. When she is in the woods, the borders have a nature theme. Those borders contain flowers, trees, and forest animals. Not only do picture books illustrate the text of the story; they can also create additional story material. For example, Hyman includes a black cat in every illustration. I find this to be significant because according to superstition, black cats bring bad luck. They have been known to draw lightning and are even witches in disguise sometimes. The black cat in this book follows Little Red Riding Hood wherever she goes. The cat can be seen peering out from behind trees, squatting in bushes, and walking with Little Red Riding Hood. Maybe the black cat is the bad luck that causes Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother to get eaten. Or, maybe the cat represents the narrator of the story. I believe the cat is not bad luck, but more of a guardian angel watching out for Little Red Riding Hood. The cat keeps an eye on Little Red Riding Hood on her way to her grandmother's house, and the cat seems to draw the huntsman's attention to the cabin. I feel that the Grimm Brother's version of Little Red Riding Hood is the best selection for Hyman. In my opinion, the happy ending and moral, make the story much more appealing.

Little Red Riding Hood

I thought that this was a really good book. It takes the original story to the next level. Where the story that I am use to reading you do not know the name of the little girl, or know how she gets the red hood, this story goes into greater detail of the facts and it lets you personalize more with the main character. I think that this is a good book for young children. The illustrations for the book were wonderful and colorful. This is an all around good book to read.

What a treasure of a book!

I am so glad I stumbled on to this version of "Little Red Riding Hood" and that my son and I will be able to enjoy it together for years to come. The illustrations are lush and evocative; the geraniums bloom off the pages and the calico-inspired borders make you want to cover up with a cozy quilt. The retelling is superb, as well, casting Little Red as a spunky yet polite heroine. Every child's personal library needs this story, and this is the best version of this timeless tale I've ever seen.

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