Parents' Choice Foundation: Reviewing Children's Media Since 1978

Parents' Choice Awards : Books : Picture Books
Little Red Riding Hood

Little Red Riding Hood

Fall 1983 Picture Books
Ages: 5 - 8 yrs.
Author: Brothers Grimm
Illustrator: Trina S. Hyman
ISBN: 0823404706
Hardcover Price: $16.95
Yet another version of this grim Grimm tale, but with robust color illustrations that have a romantic nineteenth-century flavor. The book is composed of nicely-designed double spreads; one page holding text set in patterned borders, the other bearing a full-scale illustration. Full of the kind of detail that children linger over, the drawings delineate each object or creature with loving exactitude, from grandmother's teakettle to flowers that are botanically correct to the properly sly-looking wolf and his slavering tongue. The huntsman, the mother, the grandmother, and Riding Hood herself are very human, and the text has been simplified and pruned of archaisms so that contemporary children can relate to it. A fine, unpretentious "restoration" that brings new life to a clich├ęd classic.
Review   ©1983 Parents' Choice

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