Little Red Riding Hood. Into the Forest Again

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When Little Red sets out to bring a cake to Grandmother's house, she promises the mirror on her wall that she won't talk to strangers. But as the shadows of the forest press around her, she finds that keeping that promise is hard to do. After all, safety is found in numbers, isn't it?

That depends on what happens when Little Red meets the biggest shadow of all.

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Overview

When Little Red sets out to bring a cake to Grandmother's house, she promises the mirror on her wall that she won't talk to strangers. But as the shadows of the forest press around her, she finds that keeping that promise is hard to do. After all, safety is found in numbers, isn't it?

That depends on what happens when Little Red meets the biggest shadow of all.

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In Wenger's children's novel, Little Red Riding Hood is at it again—off to Grandmother's house; this time, though, she promises not to speak to strangers. With memories of the Big Bad Wolf still looming, Little Red once again sets off on a trip through the shadowy forest to Grandmother's house. Unfortunately for Little Red, the "strawberry, lemon, cherry, and plum, coconut, kiwi, and blue-buttery-fun" cake that she's bringing to Grandmother's attracts lots of attention from strangers: a gray mouse, a bird, a porcupine and a duck. None of them can resist the cake's yummy smell and shiny candy decorations, and each promises Little Red something in exchange for a piece. Eager for company in the increasingly dark forest, she agrees to allow the animals to accompany her to Grandmother's house, but only after asking each of them if they are "of good manners and fine repute." Little Red is reminded by Platter (upon whom the cake is balanced) that she promised not to talk to strangers. But to Little Red, the small animals of the forest are harmless; it's the wolves she need fear. And sure enough, Little Red does—once again—run into a wolf. Wenger's tale is filled with catchy rhymes that impart a rhythm to the story, balancing fun and humor with a dark undercurrent of suspense. The illustrations, also by Wenger, are effective but feel a bit rushed. Though the lesson of not speaking to strangers gets lost in this telling, as Little Red repeatedly speaks to strangers without suffering any negative consequences, young readers will learn the value of friendship. Each member of Little Red's caravan eventually proves to be a worthy friend by playing an important role. Platter, for example, motivates Little Red to continue the journey even when she is most afraid. By the end of the story, the travelers learn the importance of getting to know someone before passing judgment on them. A fun fairy tale with an enduring message: friends come in all shapes and sizes—and they all love cake.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780615445977
  • Publisher: Essemkay Company Productions
  • Publication date: 3/28/2011
  • Pages: 72
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.17 (d)

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  • Posted September 18, 2011

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    Red Riding Hood was Never Better

    Little Red Riding Hood apparently did not learn her lesson. She is heading back into the forest to take Grandmother a cake. Once again, a dark shadow follows her through the forest, then races ahead to prepare for Little Red's visit. One wonders, did Grandmother learn anything? She is allowing Little Red Riding Hood to travel the forest once more. Do they believe the Wolf, "The Big Bad Wolf," has left the forest for the city? One thing is for sure, it is never safe to walk these woods.

    This is not a remake of the original Little Red Riding Hood. This is a new story for a new age. Little Red Riding Hood has a few surprises she did not have helping her the first time around. Maybe one was a gift from Snow White. No matter, "Little Red" listens not and proceeds to walk through the woods again, fully aware that eyes are upon her. The word play is fantastic. Children will be jumping in with glee to recite many of the verses. Each character's voice is distinctive and parents will enjoy reading the different parts.

    Rarely do I receive a book that makes me immediately dive in and read cover to cover. The cover is what piqued my interest in the first place. The author and illustrator are one. Ms. Wenger has done a marvelous job with both the text and the illustrations. Everything is original and fresh. This is a fun read that makes a great bedtime story or a wonderful choice for story hour. Should be on every "Best of 2011 for Middle Grade Chapter Book" list. Yes, it is that good. The story will leave you wondering which big star, from another tale, has helped Little Red before and during her walk. It is not Dopey. You won't go wrong with the title. I am positive it will become a family bedtime favorite.
    Note: received from author.
    original post from Kid Lit Reviews

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