Little Red by Bethan Woollvin

Little Red by Bethan Woollvin

Little Red by Bethan Woollvin; illustrated by Bethan Woolvin. 2016. Gouache and digital

Brief summary: A modern, courageous Little Red walks to her Grandma’s and meets a wolf who does not scare her. When she enters her Grandma’s house later on in the story and sees the wolf dressed up as her relative, she pretends to go along. The wolf tries to eat her which does not go well for the beast, since the wise little girl brought an ax inside with her. No damsel in distress for this girl! The ending does show her wearing a wolf cape and not a little red riding hood cape.

Comments: I got a kick out of this version of Little Red Riding Hood, because the little girl was not going to be a victim or in the need of a huntsman to save her. She saved herself. The grandmother is not so lucky. I plan to use this with my primary students making sure they hear the version that the Grandmother gets saved and/or wolf runs away first and then this variant. I hope to see more fairy tale variants with these  strong girl characters from Bethan Woolvin in the future.

 

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