Little Red Riding Hood
. Advance Publishing . Houston, TX ,
STSC 9 .
PZ8.S4187 Litt 2014 (Carlson Fable Collection, BIC bldg)
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The back cover advertises this and the other books of this series as award-winning motivational character-building picture books. The overall series, Sommer-Time Story Series, has won over forty national awards. The front cover promises fun but mentions also caring, obedience to parents, and safety. This version of Little Red Riding Hood continues Noe's concentration on heads and faces. The cover gives a good idea of Noe's wolf and Noe's Little Red, both well done. Pages 4 and 5 offer a fine contrast of the two, including both clothes and facial expressions. The wolf is particularly well done as he sits with his head perched on his frustrated hand, his noble top-hat and hunting outfit not doing him any good. Sommer presents the wolf's tragic greed well; now he wants to eat both Little Red and her grandma. Pages 16-17, reversed and minimized on the title-page, show Little Red's rapture with a field full of flowers and the wolf's open-armed generosity in sharing his field with her. In the Grimm version, does the hunter shoot the wolf, as here, before cutting him open? Grandma of course gets better, and Little Red of course obeys her parents from now on. This particular series, Sommer-Time Story Classics, contains some twelve fable books. This library edition has a cloth reinforced binding and is very sturdy. There are also video and read-along versions of these books with sound effects, and there are free online helps too. I include this book in the collection not because I think Little Red Riding Hood should be viewed as a fable but because this volume is part of a fable series.