The Wolf's Story: What Really Happened to Little Red Riding Hood
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There is always two sides to each story! This one is worth considering as preschoolers to grade 2 can compare the Wolf’s perspective to the original story during read aloud. An absolutely delightful picture-book re-telling of the fairy tale, “Little Red Riding Hood”, from the perspective of the infamous Wolf, the much-maligned anti-hero who it may turn out, is not such a bad guy, after all. The Fox suddenly twitched her nose. ‘Mmm, lovely!’ she sniffed in delight. 'There's some crowdie under the bowl. Can't you smell it?'
Farmer McFleecie! There’s a Wolf in the yard!’ she barked. ‘Best see him off before he makes a meal of your sheep!’ For after all, he is a wolf, trying to get by in a human world, and from that perspective, our entire story now pivots.) The text is not the only thing that will keep you reading, the illustrations are also amazing. The drawings are from wolf’s viewpoint, and show his sadness when Little Red visits, the short cut he takes to beat Little Red to grandma’s house, and best of all, what happens when Little Red gets to the house and wolf is in grandma’s bed. First, the reader can see the reflection of Little Red in the wolf’s huge eyes, and the view looking out of wolf’s mouth at the girl before she is about to pop the toffee. The illustrations make the wolf look charming, and Little Red appears scary or cold. First sentence: No, please. Look at me. Would I lie to you? It was the old woman who started it. I did nothing wrong. Would I? We hit it off from the beginning. Not everyone likes a wolf, do they? Look at you. You're not certain. Would you like to come and sit a little closer while I tell you about the kid? I don't bite. No? Sure? Okay. Up to you.In a deep glen in Scotland there lived a scary, wild beastie: a Wolf with shaggy grey hair, sharp fangs and the loudest howl you ever did hear. As he goes about his daily tasks, trying to care for Grandma in the expected-caretaker-type ways, it comes to pass that one day, things go terribly wrong. Have you ever questioned what really happened in the story of Little Red Riding Hood? The Wolf’s Story by Toby Forward and Izhar Cohen is a story of Little Red Riding Hood from the perspective of the Wolf. In this story, the Wolf is able to share his side of the story explaining all of the events that happened, but in a way that depicts himself as a good, helpful wolf. This entertaining perspective offers a fun perspective on a traditional story.
How the Wolf howled as he tried to free his tail. He pulled and pulled and then - Snap! - he pulled so hard that he pulled it right off! The sly Fox wasn’t exactly friends with the Wolf. They were more like rivals - especially over their long bushy tails. The soft pencil and watercolor illustrations support the storyline by assuring the readers they may not want to trust the Wolf’s version of the story. His beady yellow eyes even reflect the image of the little girl, arriving at his bedside to greet “grandma” with toffees.Without giving the plot away (no spoilers here), this tale will charm, entertain, mesmerize and gently enlighten any child - providing a glimpse into “another”, who may look alien or unfriendly from the outside - but may, perhaps just be different. (Even really different, or scary).
The next night was even colder when the two animals returned to the McFleecies' farm. The Wolf hoped to find some more of the crowdie cheese, but the window-ledge was empty and the bowl lay just where it had fallen. This book shares the story of Little Red Riding Hood, but through the perspective of the Wolf. In the original story, we only get to see what Little Red saw, so in this story Wolf tries to clear his name. He explains how everything is a misunderstanding and that he in fact did not eat grandma, but he took her place when she hit her head so that Little Red would not be upset when she arrived at grandma’s house. Wolf makes a convincing story, but also asks multiple times “Would I lie to you?” making the reader question if he has been telling the truth for the entire story. The Wolf's Story: What Really Happened to Little Red Riding Hood' is an amusing retelling of the classic tale. But this time, it's told through the Wolf's perspective. The Wolf is not the notorious grandma-eating predator; instead, he is a vegetarian that likes to help Grandma with errands and odd jobs. In fact, he feels a little neglected when her bratty granddaughter, Little Red Riding Hood, comes to visit. When he tries to protect Grandma, the situation turns awry and the Wolf leaves in old lady clothes and a fractured reputation! He's adamant to tell his side of the story - if you'll let him. Everyone was scared of the Wolf. Folk like Farmer McFleecie and his wife were scared. Even the animals were scared - except for one. Other books I could connect with this one would be the original Little Red Riding Hood. Another book would be The most Magnificent thing by Ashley Spires. This book also focuses on perspective.Premise/plot: The wolf from Little Red Riding Hood is sharing HIS side of the story with you, the reader. Will you believe his story? Is it convincing? Or is there still reasonable doubt?!
This is a fun story looking at perspective and how looking through different perspectives can give the reader or viewer completely different story and set of events. I think that the Wolf did a pretty good job at convincing the readers that he was not the bad guy of the story while still holding the suspense with the like “Would I lie to you?”But there’s laughter coming from the farm house!’ whispered the Fox. ‘Why don't you hide the bowl under your tail while I watch for the lights going out.’ Now crowdie is a delicious Scottish cheese. And so the animals scampered over and jumped up to the ledge - but only the Wolf was big enough to reach. As the Wolf waited and waited the icy wind got colder and colder. His fur and tail started to turn white with frost. In fact, he was so cold he forgot all about the cheese. My thoughts: I really enjoyed this one. I'm not sure if it's "really really liked" or "loved." But I though the narrative was strong. I loved the wolf's voice. His perspective was fun to see. We get this perspective both from the art--the illustrations--and the text itself. I loved how conversational it was. The Wolf was trying his best to charm the reader. Now, is this charming story the whole truth, the real story? Or is he trying to con readers for his own purposes? That's up to the reader to decide HOW close they want to get to the wolf as he tells his story.