Children's Book Review by Susan Stephenson, www.thebookchook.com
Even though the Wolf is suitably menacing, this isn't a violent story. The woodcutter uses rope and the wolf is not cut open, but carted off in a barred wagon to a special school for naughty fairy tale creatures. There's a sub story told via the charming illustrations, and kids will delight in recognising folk from other fairy tales.
To extend the literature experience of Little Red Riding Hood, children could create puppets to re-tell the story. They can make their own dioramas from cardboard boxes, and add card figures too. Creaza has a Red Riding Hood world where children can create a comic version online. This is a fun place to invent headlines for the Fairy Tale Times, the way I did below.
I believe in sharing fairy tales with kids. It’s up to parents, teachers and librarians to decide whether they share the original, often darker versions, or one that retains lighter elements, like this. If you're interested in fairy tales, you might also like to check out these resources: