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Melanie ThernstromMs. Orenstein conveys both the stability of the tale's basic elements-a girl, a beast, a meeting in the woods-and their flexibility, which has allowed "Little Red Riding Hood" to survive for so long. Readers may end up asking what the story means to them. I myself had always read it as a tale of familial aggression: devouring love cloaked beneath ruffles of domesticity. As a child, I wasn't surprised one bit when grandma bared her fangs. Of course, that's about me (and my grandmother). But as Ms. Orenstein shows, fairy tales always are.
—The Wall Street Journal, August 7, 2004