little red riding hood

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Once upon a time there was a little girl who lived with her father and mother in a cottage on the edge of a forest. She often wore a little red cloak on her adventures in the forest and so she was known as Little Red Riding Hood.

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One bright morning, Little Red Riding Hood’s mother said to her, “Your grandmother is not feeling well. Please bring this basket of good things to eat to her cottage through the forest. Remember, if you meet any one you do not know along the way, do not speak to them.”

“I will remember!” said Little Red Riding Hood. And she set off through the forest.

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It was a lovely morning and Little Red Riding Hood walked cheerfully along, carrying her basket very carefully.

IMG_8015Suddenly as she walked she saw a Wolf alongside the path.

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“Good morning, little girl,” said the Wolf in his gruff wolf-like voice. Do you think that Little Red Riding Hood spoke to him?

IMG_8020She did. She told him that she was Little Red Riding Hood, bringing a basket of good things to eat to her grandmother. She also told him that she would like a snack.

“Where does your grandmother live, Little Red Riding Hood?” growled the Wolf. So she told him that, too.

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But the Wolf had a sneaky plan and was not to be trusted.

IMG_8030The Wolf left Little Red Riding Hood and raced through the forest to the grandmother’s cottage.

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Inside the grandmother was resting in bed and knitting a new cloak for Little Red Riding Hood. IMG_8068

She was expecting Little Red Riding Hood, so when the Wolf knocked at the door . . .

IMG_8051“Come in, dear!” she called in her trembly old voice.

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The Wolf burst in the door and swallowed the grandmother in one gulp! Then he put on her cap and shawl and glasses. Seeing Little Red Riding Hood approaching the cottage, he climbed into the grandmother’s bed.

IMG_8074Tapping at the door, Little Red Riding Hood came into the cottage.

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“Good morning, Grandmother,” she said.

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“Good morning, Little Red Riding Hood,” purred the Wolf.

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Little Red Riding Hood glanced around. Something did not seem quite right.
“Is that you, Grandmother?” she asked.
“Of course it’s me, dear,” said the Wolf.

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“What big ears you have, Grandmother!” exclaimed Little Red Riding Hood.
“The better to hear you with, my dear,” answered the Wolf.

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Little Red Riding Hood took a step closer.
“What big eyes you have, Grandmother!” she said.
“The better to see you with, my dear,” growled the Wolf.

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“And what big teeth you have, Grandmother!” cried Little Red Riding Hood. And she poked out a finger.

IMG_8083“The better to eat you with, my dear!” snapped the Wolf! And he leapt out of the bed to get her!

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Little Red Riding Hood screamed and ran!

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Perhaps this story would not have had a happy ending, but there happened to be a woodcutter splitting logs with his axe in the forest. When he heard Little Red Riding Hood scream, he burst in the cottage and tackled the Wolf.

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He was very brave.

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He chopped up the Wolf and out sprang the Grandmother! She was just fine, and Little Red Riding Hood was very glad to see her.

IMG_8093 IMG_8090Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother thanked the brave woodcutter for coming to the rescue.

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The grandmother even gave him a kiss (being careful of the axe)!

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He was delighted to have been able to help.

IMG_8098Little Red Riding Hood made many more journeys through the forest for her mother. But she never talked to strangers again.

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See also:
Goldilocks and the Three Little Bears
The Little Red Hen

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3 Responses to little red riding hood

  1. Sarah says:

    That is pretty much the cutest thing ever

  2. teamtabb says:

    LOVE this! It’s darling. And props to Alex for being willing to wear a headband in public and letting you post pictures of him in both a shower cap on the internet. Way to go!

  3. Kristen Broughton says:

    Very fun!

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