Book Review: Little Red by Bethan Woollvin

Little Red by Bethan Woollvin

Ages: All ages but great with preschool

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Little Red  is one of those books that all ages will enjoy. The simple text and contrasting colored illustrations draw kids to the book. Little Red is a strong character and it is a retelling of a familiar story which makes this book a great pick. (PRINT MOTIVATION) There are unique words on the pages. (VOCABULARY) And the story is so familiar that most children will be able to tell the story just by looking at the illustrations. (NARRATIVE SKILLS)

What is special about this book is its simplicity and it proves the graphics don’t have to be ornate to be attractive. Children will love Little Red who is strong and brave and resourceful. This is a definite must-have for a home library for your children will ask for it to be read again and again and again.

SKILLS BUILT:

  • PRINT MOTIVATION
  • VOCABULARY
  • NARRATIVE SKILLS

INTERACTING WITH THE BOOK:

  • Look at the title page with your child. What do you think the book is about? If they know the story of Little Red Riding Hood now is a great time to review what the remember.
  • What would you do if you met a wolf?
  • Fill in the gaps between the action. What do you think Little Red did before she met the wolf? How did she feel after meeting the wolf in the woods? This will help your child think about the story and the characters developing reading comprehension.
  • After the book: What would you do if you were in danger? This is a good time to talk about how to handle emergencies or what to do if a stranger asks uncomfortable questions.

TAKE IT OFF THE PAGE:

  • Retell Little Red Riding Hood staring your child! What is Little Red like? The Wolf? Grandma? Is it a wolf at all or a different animal? Does it take place in a city or in the woods? In modern day or as a fairytale. The sky is the limit when it comes to writing your own tale. Show them how stories have beginnings, middles and ends. It’s a great time to review the parts of a book.
  • Field Trip! Go to a local library or bookstore and find as many different Little Red Riding Hood stories as you can. Compare the pictures, if Little Red is saved or takes care of the problem herself. Find silly ones, serious ones and the original.
  • Find nearby woods and explore a hiking trail. Make a map as you go of the different places you stop and what you see there. Label the map to help enrich your child’s vocabulary.
  • Go to the zoo and spot some wolves. Learn about their habitat, what they really eat (not little girls!) and what they like to do for fun.

 

There are so many different Little Red Riding Hood stories to explore. Here are just a few of the most popular retellings:

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