Little Red Riding Hood (Jerry Pinkney)

Little Red Riding Hood by Jerry Pinkney.
Little, Brown and Company, 2007.

Today, there is snow on the ground. It should melt soon, but while it's still cold, I thought I'd share one of my favorite library finds, Jerry Pinkney's beautiful retelling of Little Red Riding Hood.



Pinkney is such a brilliant illustrator. He sets his version of the tale in winter, and the red cape in the snowy forest is so lovely.

Grandmama is sick, so Mother makes her chicken soup and raisin muffins. She gives her daughter the usual warning, and sends her off with the basket of goodies. She sets off through the snowy woods, populated with deer, rabbits, squirrels, birds, and you-know-who. The story unfolds in the usual manner. The Wolf throws her off the path, beats her to Grandmama's house, eats lunch, and tricks Little Red. A nearby woodcutter hears the loud snores of the sleeping wolf. Wanting to check on the kindly woman who lives there, he enters the cottage and spies the wolf, his belly moving. He kills the wolf with his axe, then uses Grandmama's sewing shears to cut her and her granddaughter free. After sharing her chicken soup and muffins, Grandmama sends Little Red on her way. "Now, little miss, you be certain to go straight home."














Isn't it a beautiful fairy tale book for the cold winter months? All that snow, but it still seems warm and cozy. Pinkney did a marvelous job with the text, as well. It's folksy and familiar, and flows very well as a read-aloud.


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  1. The art is lovely! What a great book to enjoy in winter. One of the most beautiful versions of Little Red Riding Hood I' ve seen :)

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    1. I agree! I also like the one illustrated by Bernadette Watts, but this one has such a cozy feel to it.

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  2. Beautiful. I'm sure I have something by him - it looks familiar..we dont have snow, just wind and rain. I have spent the day wondering whether I should splash out on the William Joyces Guardians of childhood first three books? The ones in the box set. Have you read them?

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    1. He won the Caldecott Medal several years ago for The Lion and the Mouse, which made me so happy. I was at work, and the ALA awards were just announced, and I remember turning to the assistant manager and saying, "The Caldecott better be The Lion and the Mouse!" Other recent books include Puss in Boots and The Tortoise and the Hare. He's illustrated a great many books since the '60s, and it's cool to see how his style changed over the years.

      I have only read the first Guardians novel. I liked it, but not as much as I'd hoped. I adore the companion picture books, The Man in the Moon and The Sandman, and my whole family LOVES the movie based on the books, The Rise of the Guardians. I think I need to sit down, re-read the first book, then read the rest. I'm wondering if it was just the mood I was in at the time.

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  3. Sorry, didn't mean that reply to be so short. You must miss working in the bookshop. Was it a childrens bookshop or were you in the childrens section in a bigger one? My short stint was in a travel bookshop but I liked the childrens section best - although that too was where the owner liked to hang out so there was no opportunity for goofing off. R.e. the Guardians - I think I'm going to go for The Man in the Moon instead, or Tiny Creatures by Nicola Davies (we got the Poop one at Christmas, its excellent!) Or probably I should buy nothing and get a light shade for my eldest bedroom, which has had a bare bulb forever. I SO much prefer buying books though!

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    1. Books are the best! I worked at a big box store for years, full time for a while, then part-time, after I had kids. Most of time, I was in charge of magazines, then during the last 3 or 4 years we were open, I took over the storytimes in the kids' department, too. (There were other people in charge of the department, but I was the actress/crafter/mommy, and I turned it into an event!) Our store was on the small side, and when our lease was up, they closed us for good. Unfortunately, with e-readers and Amazon, even the big box stores are closing down. My availability, I was told, wouldn't work with the larger store, so I was left without a job. Right now, I blog, volunteer at the school, frequent the independent book store down the street, and daydream about what I want to be when I grow up. In an ideal world, I would open my own children's bookstore someday, but that's probably just a dream. :)

      I LOVED Tiny Creatures! Nicola Davies is fabulous.

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    2. Oh wow - doing that stuff in the childrens department must have been fun. It sounds very You've Got Mail - ish.As for my bookshop experience - in the 90's I got a working visa for the States- my brother went before me to Boston and I followed him - I got lonely after a few years and forfeited the visa but while I was there I worked in a travel bookstore housed in the corner building in Make Way For Ducklings. Which I would say was the biggest seller there! I was writing theatre reviews for the Irish Echo newspaper at the same time and hoped to get into journalism full time but just couldnt. So I came home - wrote a kids book which sold okay but is now out of print and then got married and had kids, which I enjoyed most of all, to be honest. So now I blog, talk about writing another book.

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    3. Those sound like some amazing experiences, though. I liked my storytimes, and honestly, I liked taking care of my newsstand, but I was very sick of the corporate bookselling experience, by the end. And I wasn't very good at helping people with the e-readers, either, which were starting to become a main focus there. I'm hardly a Luddite, but I do prefer real books. I got one of the e-readers while I still had my employee discount, and used it to subscribe to magazines and as a tablet. I did download some free books, and a few interactive kids' books for trips, but it was amazing how fast my e-reader was swept aside for the next model(s). It was outdated in a year. That bothers me, how fast we are expected to replace very expensive electronic devices. So wasteful. I prefer libraries and buying books I truly want to own.

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