Fairy Tales: Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood

On this page you can find out more about the story of Little Red Riding Hood.

Resources in the Library

The Story of Little Red Riding Hood

You can read Charles Perrault's version of Little Red Riding Hood on the SurLaLune website.

Movie Trailer - Red Riding Hood

(Source of video: youtube)

This is a trailer for the 2011 Warner Brothers Movie of Red Riding Hood.

Click here to read about the storyline used in this film

History of Red Riding Hood

The SurLaLune website includes lots of information about Little Red Riding Hood, including details of the history of the story.

 

An alternative Red Riding Hood story

Watch this funny 1931 version of Red Riding Hood!

From The Big Cartoon Database:
"In this version of the story, Grandma's got more bite than the wolf! After drinking a magic "jazz tonic," Grandma feels young again, and the fun begins. The wolf is astonished when he finds a flirtatious, smoking flapper at the house in the woods. He may be big and bad, but he can't help falling in love. Do we hear the dinner bell or wedding bells? The wolf-Grandma wedding is halted at the last minute when the wolf's wife gets wind of the ceremony. She and their many cubs - all carrying rolling pins - storm the church."  

An unusual interpretation of Red Riding Hood

Elements of the Story

As explained in the 'Conventions of fairy tales' section, a fairy story always includes a number of important elements.

When reading through this section, keep in mind Charles Perrault's version of the story as told here -

LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD

In the story of Little Red Riding Hood the elements include: 

GOOD CHARACTERS

In the story of Little Red Riding Hood, the good character is obviously Little Red Riding Hood.

(Source of picture: Picture book)

THE BADDY

The bad character in this story is the wolf.

(Source of picture: Folks and fairies)

SUPPORTING CHARACTERS

Can you think of any supporting characters in this story?

MAGIC

How many talking wolves have you met??!  Can you think of any other magical elements in this story?

(Source of picture: dot.Momming)

OBSTACLE OR TASK

A fairy tale usually includes an obstacle or task which the characters must tackle with to reach their happy ending.  Can you think of the obstacle or task in this story?

HAPPILY EVER AFTER

Do you think Perrault's version of this story has a happily ever ending?  In 1812 the Grimm brothers wrote a version of Little Red Riding Hood (Little Red Cap) with a different ending where the wood cutter returns and cuts Granny out of the wolves tummy.  Charles Perrault's version does not have this ending though, do you think his story ends 'happily ever after'?

(Source of picture: Scrap book blog)

MORAL

What do you think is the moral message of the Little Red Riding Hood story?  R

Little Red Riding Hood and similar stories

This fairy tale website, compiled by Pittsburgh University, includes Charles Perrault's version of Little Red Riding Hood.

You can also find a number of fairy tales which are similar to the Little Red Riding Hood story.

 

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