Pretty Salma: A Little Red Riding Hood Story from AfricaSpring 2007 Picture Books
Ages: 4 - 8 yrs.
Author: Niki Daly
Illustrator: Niki Daly
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin /Clarion Books
Hardcover Price: $16.00
Review:Pretty Salma puts on her blue scarf, her stripy ntama, her pretty white beads, and her yellow sandals; tucks Granny's shopping list safely away; and starts off for town. In this nouveau variant on the familiar Red Riding Hood story, she takes a shortcut home through the wild side of town; meets Mr. Dog who's as skinny as he is tricky; and trouble, predictably, ensues. But Salma's own brand of bravery and a bit of quick-witted trickery of her own save the day. The storytelling cadence of Daly's text meshes perfectly with his typically vivid characters (from a curious chicken to grandfather dressed in his Anansi costume), his lush use of color, and his backdrops sprinkled with small specific details. Everything works together to convey the intricate mixture of reality and fairytale which is Daly's signature style and which is perfectly suited to this story.
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard ©2007 Parents' Choice
Kristi Elle Jemtegaard is the Coordinator of Youth Services for the Arlington Public Library system. She has taught courses on children’s and young adult literature at the Catholic University of America and the University of Virginia. She has served on both the Newbery and Caldecott Award Committees of the American Library Association and has chaired the Notable Children’s Recordings Committee and the May Hill Arbuthnot Award Committee. She is a member and past president of the Children’s Book Guild of Washington DC and has chaired the Washington Post–Book Guild Nonfiction Award Committee. She is a founding member of Capitol Choices, an organization of professionals in the field of children’s literature in the greater Washington DC area. She regularly reviews children’s literature and audio productions for a variety of national publications.
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