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Trina Schart Hyman used to pretend she was Little Red Riding Hood when she was a little girl, wearing a red cape sewn by her mother. Her love for this character permeates her award-winning retelling of the traditional Grimm story, even as Grandma and Little Red get eaten alive by the wolf and then saved by the kindly woodsman (illustrated carefully with a minimum of violence). Little Red learns her lessons--to keep her promises, to stay on the path, to mind her manners, and to avoid talking to big, bad wolves--lessons parents still try to teach their children many generations after the Brothers Grimm first recorded this story.

For over 20 years, readers young and old have loved Hyman's illustrations of children's books, fairy tales, and folk tales--most notably the Caldecott Honor Book Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins by Eric Kimmel, and The Fortune Tellers by Lloyd Alexander. Her illustrations for Saint George and the Dragon, by Margaret Hodges, won the Caldecott Medal. (Ages 3 to 6) --This text refers to the School & Library Binding edition.

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Trina Schart Hyman is a contributor for Holiday House Inc titles including: 'Changing Woman and Her Sisters','A Child's Calendar ','The Adventures of Hershel of Ostropol'
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Lexile Measure: 800L (What's this?)
  • Paperback: 26 pages
  • Publisher: Holiday House; Reprint edition (September 1, 1987)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0823406539
  • ISBN-13: 978-0823406531
  • Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 8.5 x 9.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (51 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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31 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Carole Burrage on January 25, 2000
Format: School & Library Binding Verified Purchase
I am so glad I stumbled on to this version of "Little Red Riding Hood" and that my son and I will be able to enjoy it together for years to come. The illustrations are lush and evocative; the geraniums bloom off the pages and the calico-inspired borders make you want to cover up with a cozy quilt. The retelling is superb, as well, casting Little Red as a spunky yet polite heroine. Every child's personal library needs this story, and this is the best version of this timeless tale I've ever seen.
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41 of 43 people found the following review helpful By Daniel L Edelen TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on March 8, 2004
Format: School & Library Binding
Trina Hyman's lushly illustrated version of Grimm's tale of a young girl and her grandmother beset by a wickedly ravenous wolf is about as good as this tale gets. Fortunately for the reader, this Red Riding Hood avoids the politically correct fate of so many other modern versions of similar works.
Done with an Arts & Crafts flair, the illustrations are detailed and worthy of the Caldecott Honor award this book received. The text is relegated to a small box on every other page, giving plenty of space to enjoy the drawings.
I don't have the original Grimm text, so I cannot comment on how true to their text this work is. However, I can say that the wolf's snacking on Grandma and Red, plus his gruesome demise, is here in all its glory. Don't tell anyone from PETA.
If you are the kind of parent that loves classic tales wondrously retold, and doesn't want to sugarcoat life, then by all means get this one. It is lovely to look at and has a good moral base--just the way they used to make 'em.
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33 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Reader from Clemson on April 18, 2000
Format: School & Library Binding
Little Red Riding Hood is a fairy tale that has been told and retold many times. Trina Hyman's version that she both retells and illustrates is based on the Grimm Brother's version. This version of Little Red Riding Hood contains a happy ending and a moral. There are two plots in this story: the visual and the textual. In Hyman's version (the textual story line), Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother are eaten by the wolf, but the huntsman saves them by cutting open the wolf's belly. Little Red Riding Hood learns to be careful of who she speaks to when she is alone in the woods, because strange wolves can not be trusted. Hyman places the text, surrounded by a border, on the left-hand page. The corresponding illustration is on the right-hand page. The visual story line involves main illustrations and borders that surround the text. The borders are designed after Pennsylvania Dutch folk art, common garden plants, and wallpaper, but they also "reflect the underlying meaning of the story". At the beginning and ending of the story, the colors included in the borders, such as yellow, green and pink, are full of life. This signifies that before her adventure, Little Red Riding Hood is full of life and afterwards, she receives a second chance at life when the Huntsman saves her. When Little Red Riding Hood is at her grandmother's house, the borders match something inside, such as an apron or quilt square. When she is in the woods, the borders have a nature theme. Those borders contain flowers, trees, and forest animals. Not only do picture books illustrate the text of the story; they can also create additional story material. For example, Hyman includes a black cat in every illustration.Read more ›
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Lisa on December 31, 2009
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Parents vary on the version of Red Riding Hood they want to share with their kids. So, let me say up front, I wanted the one where the grandma gets eaten (not hides in the closet); where Red Riding Hood gets eaten (not rescued at the very last minute) and where the wolf gets killed (not runs away). If this is NOT for you, pick another version. Personally, I get mad when grandma hides in the closet (what....and doesn't jump out to intervene between her granddaughter and a ravenous wolf? She's either deaf or heartless......) I think Red Riding Hood needs to get eaten (natural consequences are great learning lessons.) And unless the wolf is killed and hauled off by the woodsman to be hung on his door, how do you know for SURE that he'll never, ever, ever return? My daughter is 3 and this is one of her very favorite bedtime stories. The illustrations by Trina Schart Hyman are lovely, with little homages to her Mimi hid within.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By TB on March 13, 2006
Format: School & Library Binding
This is a well illustrated and entertaining version of the old story. My 4 year old son enjoyed it. The adult reviewer who was "shocked" and felt he "should have been warned" needs to get a grip on reality. This is Little Red Riding Hood. The wolf wants to eat Red and Grandma. We all know the story. It is an adult's responsibility to completely read a children's book before handing it over or reading it to children. It isn't up to anyone else to "warn you." Please. Anyway, this is a fine version of one of the most fondly remembered fairy tales, not watered down or sanitized PC junk. I also recommend Paul Galdone's versions of The Three Little Pigs and The Three Billy Goats Gruff.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 6, 2004
Format: School & Library Binding
It is so difficult to find these tales told with the original plot, and not made so happy and safe that the point gets lost. And there are important lessons from these tales. Does EVERY story have to end up with everyone living happily ever after? What is that teaching? My three year old loves the danger, gets the message and is not unduly frightened. The illustrations are charming and rich and spark her imagination. The wolf looks like a wolf and Little Red Riding Hood looks like a little girl, instead of saturday morning cartoons. Trina Hyman is a magnificant artist. This is the way I remember the story instead of so many of the modern versions when the wolf ends up being changed into a repentant and compliant friend - that is not how life is and this version is honest without indulging in gross violence.
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