|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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