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Little Red Riding Hood Hardcover – October 1, 2007

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In this delightful, old-fashioned version of a familiar tale, Little Red Riding Hood is a "sweet little girl" whose mother stitches her a lovely hood, which the child cherishes and all the village people affectionately recognize. Against a snowy, wooded background, the child sets out in her red cloak to bring Mother's chicken soup and raisin muffins to ailing Grandmother. The story proceeds in the expected way. The woodcutter kills the wolf "with one stroke of his ax" and cuts open the beast's stomach, releasing "the kindly old woman." With lively detail (but no blood and guts) and lots of pattern and colors, Pinkney's watercolors show the predator in nightcap and glasses under Grandmother's patchwork quilt––and then, in a double-page spread, the menace as it appears to the girl: "Oh Grandmother, what great teeth you have!" The pictures reflect the danger and the coziness, and they are just right for their preschool audience. Rochman, Hazel

About the Author

Jerry Pinkney is one of the most heralded children's book illustrators of all time. He has the rare distinction of being the recipient of five Caldecott Honors and the winner of the 2010 Caldecott medal for The Lion and the Mouse, and has since created two companion picture books: The Tortoise & the Hare and The Grasshopper & the Ants. He has won the Coretta Scott King Award five times, the Coretta Scott King Honor four times, and has been nominated for the prestigious Hans Christian Anderson Award. He was also the first children's book illustrator elected to the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He lives with his wife, author Gloria Jean Pinkney, in Croton-on-Hudson, New York. The artist invites you to visit his website at jerrypinkneystudio.com.

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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 6 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 1
  • Lexile Measure: 840L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers; Complete Numbers Starting with 1, 1st Ed edition (October 1, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0316013552
  • ISBN-13: 978-0316013550
  • Product Dimensions: 9.9 x 0.4 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #363,624 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A native of Philadelphia, Jerry studied at the Philadelphia College of Art (now the University of the Arts) where, in 1992 he received the Alumni Award. He has been illustrating children's books since 1964, illustrating over one hundred titles, and earned the Caldecott Medal for his nearly wordless picture book The Lion & the Mouse in 2010. Among his many other accolades he has also been the recipient of five Caldecott Honor Medals, five Coretta Scott King Awards and four Coretta Scott King Honors, five New York Times Best Illustrated Book awards, and in 2006 the Original Art's Lifetime Achievement Award from the Society of Illustrators, New York, NY.
In addition to his work in children's books, Jerry has had over thirty one-man retrospectives at venues ranging from the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL to the California African American Museum, Los Angeles, CA. He has exhibited in over one hundred group shows in the USA, Japan, Russia, Italy, Taiwan and Jamaica. Jerry has illustrated for a wide variety of clients, including the U.S. Postal Service, National Park Service, and National Geographic. Jerry created art for the Harry Chapin Run Against Hunger commemorative poster, a foundation that helps bring food to those in need. He was invited to create a painting for the 30th Bologna Book Fait, Bologna, Italy and the NASA Art Collection at the John F. Kennedy Space Center. He was appointed to serve on the U.S. Postal Services Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee (1982-1992). In 2001 Jerry was invited by Laura Bush to illustrate and design the White House Christmas Program. He has held professorships teaching art at Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY; the University of Delaware, Newark, DE; and the University of Buffalo, Buffalo, NY. In 2003, Jerry was appointed to the National Council of the Arts - NEA (2003-2009). His art can be found in the permanent collections at the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, the Delaware Art Museum and the Brandywine River Art Museum.
His works have been featured in The New York Times, Arts Section, American Artists Magazine, The Horn Book Magazine, The CBS Sunday Morning Show and PBS Reading Rainbow Room. Pinkney is also a past trustee for the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art and the Katonah Museum of Art. He lives with his wife, author Gloria Jean, in Westchester County, NY.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on October 22, 2007
Format: Hardcover
You can appreciate a person's craft and talent without ever really appreciating their style. I mean, no one is ever going to say that Jerry Pinkney isn't one of the most talented artists working in the field of picture books today. No one. Still, I've always enjoyed the man's ideas far more than his actual products. I eventually decided that this was because my eyes prefer thick bold lines in children's books, whereas Mr. Pinkney more of the soft sketchy lines and details type. Due to the prolific nature of his work, as a children's librarian I've recommended and run into a fair amount of Pinkney titles without ever really finding one I could call my favorite. Maybe Sam and the Tigers (an alternative version of Little Black Sambo) but even that seemed a better idea than final product. Then I ran across his "Little Red Riding Hood". I can't really pinpoint why I like this book so much more than his previous works. It's not as if his style has changed a whit. He hasn't done anything significantly different with this tale. The story is the classic version we've all learned at some point, but set against an entirely new season and including some of the original tale's darker elements. Squeamish parents beware. Jerry Pinkney is not afraid to go to original source material if he has to.

You know the drill. There was once a little girl whose mother made her a brilliant red cloak, giving her the titular nickname we've all grown to know and love. One winter's day her grandmother comes down with a cold, so Little Red is sent off to take her some warm food.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Nancy L. Marsh on June 28, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I have poured over picture book after picture book trying to find classic tales that were not watered down, facetious tongue-in-cheek retellings of tales that were meant to disturb and teach. This is a beautiful telling of Little Red Riding Hood. I get so tired of cartoon-y illustrations or the new computer-generated "art". This is a beautifully painted story with the classic gore so needed in a folk/fairy tale.

I won't go into the morals of letting children watch TV, but then not allow them to experience the triumph of good over evil in fairy tales, but I will say that children need this kind of dramatic resolution in a story.

Loved this book!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Laura E. Boggs on November 18, 2009
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This is a beautifully illustrated and traditional retelling of Red Riding Hood. This is a must have for your School Library. The wintery forrest scenes make me think that it would make a great holiday gift as well!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By E. Peterman on August 10, 2008
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The illustrations in this book are just lovely. This version might be a little much for very young readers (the wolf eats granny and the woodsman has to cut her out), but fans of old-fashioned classics should add this to their children's bookshelves.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Monique B. Wedderburn on February 3, 2013
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We are having a lot of fun with "Little Red Riding Hood". The wolf could not be more evil looking and the scenery drawings are enchanting. My 3 year old grand-daughter, Miss Ellie, is mystified, horrified and delighted in the space of 15 minutes. Let's hear it for "The Uses of Enchantment" a wonderful book by the late Bruno Bettelheim on the power of children's fairy tales.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Cris Thompson on October 27, 2010
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Never can have too many picture books of one's most favorite old fairy tales. Pinkey's Little Red is so beautiful - her hair texture & skin being most perfect (like our family's.)
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In my school library I like to share/read aloud different versions of Little Red Riding Hood and this one by Jerry Pinkney is by far one of my favorites. This week I've already read it five times and it is so interesting to see the reactions of my students. While the wolf eating the Grandma and the girl and the hunter slaying the wolf are in actuality quite violent, Pinkney illustrations are toned down and I love when kids discover the shadow of the hunter with the ax. The words can be read to be scary or lightly for younger kids. The scenery is gorgeous and readers can pour over the details of the illustrations. Highly recommended.
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By Harriet D. on October 27, 2013
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I chose this book as a Christmas gift for grand child because I love everything illustrated by Jerry Pickney, an African American artist. Mr. Pickney's illustrations are beautiful, rich and detailed. He has won many awards including the Caldecott Medal. Through Amazon, I actually bought five different books, written and/or illustrated by Mr. Pinkney. He was in a nearby town recently for a museum showing of his other artistic works. I was able to get all of the books autographed. I am sure that all of the grand kids will love them, share them and cherish them..
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