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Little Ruth Reddingford and the Wolf

Little Ruth Reddingford and the Wolf

4.5 2
by Hank Wesselman (Retold by)

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Children's Literature
Ruth Reddingford is a contemporary girl called "Red' because of her name, her red hair, and her red poncho with a hood "just like the girl in another story." When her grandmother can't pick her up for their usual picnic in the woods, Red decides to pack a picnic and go through the woods by herself to Grandma's condo. Two bullies from her school try to catch her, but she manages to reach Grandma's porch. As one boy grabs her, Grandma appears with a Hopi throwing stick. At the same time, a large white wolf not mentioned in the text but a visible observer in vignettes appears in the living room. The bullies are properly subdued. Then Grandma and Red have their picnic, during which Grandma explains that the wolf is Red's Hopi spiritual guardian. A Hopi rug and vases add visual ethnic notes to the moral tale. Naturalistic full-page and vignette illustrations tell the story as dramatic tableaus with detailed environments and characters frozen in action. Abreu creates a spiritual edginess in making a contrast between the sunny early autumn day and the interaction of the humans with the silent white wolf that moves in a surrounding mist. A final scene depicting Red, Grandma, the wolf, and a ubiquitous but unmentioned cat all howling up into the bright sky somehow breaks the mystic mood. The bullies have meanwhile learned their lesson. A portion of the book's profits will be donated to The Children's Global Village. 2004, Illumination Arts Publishing Company, Ages 4 to 8.
—Ken Marantz and Sylvia Marantz

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Illumination Arts Publishing Company, Incorporated
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Product dimensions:
8.60(w) x 11.10(h) x 0.30(d)
Age Range:
1 - 10 Years

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Little Ruth Reddingford and the Wolf 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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Most young children will remember the story of Little Red Ridinghood, and how shivery and on edge they felt when the big bad wolf came along. I know I certainly do. Therefore, when I saw this updated version of the story, I knew it would be well understood by the children of today, because it relates Red's misadventures in the forest to the bullying issues of today's generation. As an added plus, this version blends in traditions from this Red's Native American heritage. ............................................. In Hank Wesselman's story, Red's parents must work on Saturdays and Red always gets to spend that time with her grandmother. Of course, the grandmother usually picks Red up in the car, but on this Saturday, the car won't start and Grandmother can't come. Because she was more than a little disappointed, Red decided to pack a goodie-bag and surprise her grandmother with a visit by taking the shortcut through the woods. The items she put in the bag included (among other things) granola bars and apples. ........................................... This story is interesting because the big bad wolf of the original story is replaced by two bullies (Spike and Butch) from Red's school who harass her, and the wolf seems to be a shadow guardian who is following along to protect Red whenever necessary. Spike and Butch are nervy bullies too, because they chase Red right on into Grandmother's house. Spike even shoved Red through the front door and right into the living room! That's when Grandmother really shows her stuff - complete with Hopi throwing sticks! (That part made me want to cheer!) Those two bullies were falling all over themselves and our magical white wolf even nipped old Spike right in the seat of his pants - adding insult to injury. Of course, Red also dialed 911 and everyone waited for the police to arrive. ...................................... The story doesn't end there. Oh no, there is much more to this tale with lessons to be learned, introductions to be made, and a Native American heritage to be claimed. You haven't seen the last of the white wolf either. ........................................ ***** People who think this is just another retelling of a classic story are in for a major surprise when they read this book. As you turn each page, the illustrations are eye catching and colorful and they depict the story's action step-by-step, adding depth and enjoyment to the tale - leaving nothing to the imagination. So throw out any preconceived ideas about Little Red Ridinghood and get ready for great adventure in a modern day setting with believable people. *****