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Little Red Riding Hood

Retold by Rohini Chowdhury

This story was first recorded by Charles Perrault in his Contes De ma Mere L'Oye in 1697. He called the story Le Petit Chaperon Rouge. The story first appeared in English in 1729. Many grim and gruesome endings to the story exist. The version that we have retold here, in which a passing woodcutter rescues Red Riding Hood and her grandmother, was recorded by the Brothers Grimm under the title of Little Red Cap. Beatrix Potter used a similar storyline in The Tale of Jemima Puddleduck.

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Long, long time ago, in a little village at the edge of a forest, there lived a little girl with her mother and her father. This little girl was the sweetest, kindest child there ever was. She was always dressed in a pretty red cloak and hood that her mother had made for her, so that everyone began calling her Little Red Riding Hood.

One day Little Red Riding Hood's mother called her and said, 'Daughter, your grandmother is very ill. Please take her this pot of butter and some custard that I have made.' 'Very well, Mother,' said Little Red Riding Hood, and ran to get her little basket for the custard and the butter. 'Be careful,' said her mother, kissing her. 'Don't stray from the path, don't stop on the way, and don't speak to any strangers.'

Little Red Riding Hood's grandmother lived all by herself in a little cottage on the other side of the forest. Little Red Riding Hood had been through the forest alone many times, and knew her way. So she wasn't frightened at all. She skipped merrily along the forest path, enjoying the bright sunshine, the blue sky and the birds singing in the trees.

But suddenly, whom should she meet but a Wolf. 'Hello, little girl,' said the Wolf in his nicest voice. 'Where are you going this bright spring day?'

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