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Little Red Riding Hood by Trina Schart Hyman

Little Red Riding Hood

by Trina Schart Hyman

Other authors: Jacob Grimm, Wilhelm Grimm

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Elisabeth, a little girl who always wears a red cape, is instructed by her mother to take a basket of goodies to her sick grandmother. She is told to stay on the path at all times and always use her manners. During her journey, she encounters a wolf, leaves her path, and later finds out that the wolf had eaten her grandmother. He eventually eats her; however, she and her grandmother are saved by a passing woodsman.

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I was really drawn to the illustrations of this book. They are very detailed and the colors go so well together. They really enhance the overall story. The story made me think of all of the times I did not listen to my own mother and ended up getting into some form of trouble! This book is a wonderful way to teach children to listen, always use their manners, and never talk to strangers.

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1.) Teaching children about the dangers of talking to strangers. This would keep them safe outside of the classroom.
2.) Ask the children to talk about a journey they have had, or have them come up with one they would like to have. This could be done either orally or through writing. It would improve their critical thinking skills and stimulate their imagination.
  JennyDodson | Feb 10, 2016 |
Little Red Riding Hood was on her way to her grandmother's house one day. She was skipping through the forest. A wolf was watching her as she went on her way. He followed her all the way to her grandmother's house. When little red got there, her grandmother was nowhere in sight. The wolf had already taken care of her grandmother. Little Red Riding Hood was the wolf's next victim.

Little Red Riding Hood is a classic tale. I often read this with my mom before bed. There are many different endings to this story. Each are written for different age levels. Some versions end with the wolf in the grandmother's clothes and Little Red Riding Hood and the grandmother live, but others end with them both bring eaten. No matter which version you read, it is a classic tale that can be repeated. It is a timeless story, and most people can quote it without a book.

Class Extension 1: I would give the students a full page of text from the book, or type a full page using words from the book. I would then ask then to use painters take a make a poem. The students would cover up the words they wanted to keep in the poem with tape and paint a picture over the other words. After the painting have dried, the students will pull off the painters tape and read their poem to the class. The poem can be formed however they wish.

Class Extension 2: I will ask the students to write themselves into the story. They can be one of the characters that are already in the story, or they can make an entirely new character. The students will be given plenty of time to complete the task, and then they will be asked to share how they changed the story. ( )
  AngieOliviaDodd | Feb 9, 2016 |
I really enjoy the traditional stories. This one is great because the message to children is to listen to your parents or essentially bad things could happen, and in this case it did! Little Red Riding Hood was told by her mother to not talk to strangers. Little Red Riding Hood disobeyed, and talked to the bad wolf anyways, and the consequences of her actions resulted in her and her grandmother getting eaten. The illustrations are beautiful and there is a lot of use of the color red, which I am assuming symbolizes trouble. I also enjoy the Grimms Brothers Stories, so this is right up my alley! As far as the moral of the story, I think it is beneficial for children to read it to understand that listening to your parents is the best decision they could make. ( )
  StephiC | Feb 4, 2016 |
I enjoyed reading the traditional fantasy story, Little Red Riding Hood. This book has an important meaning and plot that demonstrates cause and effect. Red did not listen to her mother; she stopped on her journey, and she talked to the wolf whom she did not know when her mother told her not to talk to strangers, and the consequences were severe because both her and her grandmother were eaten by the wolf. The illustrations are very exciting and well drawn and thought out. The color red is used a lot in the story which represents evil, and the feeling of Red's character, which is nervous and scared. The illustrations also have a jagged texture, most likely because it coordinates with the woods setting of the story, and the uncertainty Red has about the wolf. The main idea of the book is to teach children to listen to their parents and don't talk to strangers when they are young. ( )
  kaylastoots | Dec 8, 2015 |
The story of Little Red Riding Hood can be enjoyed by children of all ages. In the story, the girl is sent to deliver some goodies to her grandmother. Little did she know her grandmother had been replaced by a wolf. ( )
  DaniDeb12 | Dec 2, 2015 |
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Elizabeth is sent by her mother to her grandmothers house.  Along the way the wolf approaches her but Elizabeth shoos him off.  Little does she know, wolf goes to her grandmothers house, gobbles her up, and hops into bed pretending to be her.  Elizabeth suspects something but the wolf gobbles her up too!  Luckily a hunter is in the area and hears a commotion.  Can he save Elizabeth and her grandmother?
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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 violence). Little Red learns her lessons--to keep her promises, to stay on the path, to mind her manners, and to avoid talking to big, bad wolves--lessons parents still try to teach their children many generations after the Brothers Grimm first recorded this story.

For over 20 years, readers young and old have loved Hyman's illustrations of children's books, fairy tales, and folk tales--most notably the Caldecott Honor Book Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric Kimmel, and The Fortune Tellers by Lloyd Alexander. Her illustrations for Saint George and the Dragon, by Margaret Hodges, won the Caldecott Medal. (Ages 3 to 6)

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On her way to deliver a basket of food to her sick grandmother, Elisabeth encounters a sly wolf.

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