Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Little Red Riding Hood

 Retold by: Trina Schart Hyman

First line: Once upon a time, there was a little girl named Elisabeth who lived with her mother in a house on the edge of a village.

Why you should read this book: An absolutely gorgeous picture book, this visit to the familiar old story won a Caldecott Honor for its sumptuous, evocative illustrations. The story follows a most traditional path through the woods, to grandma’s house, and so on, and while this old-fashioned version, with its huntsman hero and Red’s final vow to never again stray from the path, has fallen out of favor in the face of more feminist iterations where the empowered child rescues herself, or turns the wolf into an ally, it’s a beautiful example of an archetype coming to life. Very satisfying.

Why you shouldn’t read this book: You don’t want your daughters waiting around to get rescued.

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