Red Riding Hood

Red Riding Hood

Once upon a time, there was a girl who lived in a village near the forest. Whenever she went out, the girl wore a red riding cloak, so everyone in the village called her Red Riding Hood.

One morning, Red Riding Hood asked her mother.

Can I visit grandma? It had been a while since we’d seen each other.”

“That’s a good idea,” her mother said. So they packed a nice basket for Red Riding Hood to take to her grandmother.

When the basket was ready, the little girl put on her red cloak and kissed her mother goodbye.

“Remember, go straight to Grandma’s house,” her mother cautioned. “Don’t dawdle along the way and please don’t talk to strangers! The woods are dangerous.”

“Don’t worry, mommy,” said Red Riding Hood, “I’ll be careful.”

But when Red Riding Hood noticed some lovely flowers in the woods, she forgot her promise to her mother. She picked a few, watched the butterflies flit about for awhile, listened to the frogs croaking and then picked a few more.

As the girl sing, comes a villager who work there every day.

Hey, little girl, what are you doing all alone in the forest? It’s dangerous here.” Said the villager

I’m going to my grandmother’s house to visit her.”

Well, go straight to her house then. You shouldn’t be here all alone. The forest is a dangerous place for a girl like you.” Said the villager.

Oh, you’re right. I’ll be going then.” And so the girl goes.

But again, when Red Riding Hood noticed some lovely flowers in the woods, she forgot her promise to the villager.  She picked a few, watched the butterflies flit about for awhile, listened to the frogs croaking and then picked a few more.

Red Riding Hood was enjoying the warm summer day so much, that she didn’t notice a dark shadow approaching out of the forest behind her…

Suddenly, the wolf appeared beside her.

“What are you doing out here, little girl?” the wolf asked in a voice as friendly as he could muster.

“I’m on my way to see my Grandma who lives through the forest, near the brook,”  Red Riding Hood replied.

Then she realized how late she was and quickly excused herself, rushing down the path to her Grandma’s house.  

The wolf, in the meantime, took a shortcut…

The wolf, a little out of breath from running, arrived at Grandma’s and knocked lightly at the door.

“Oh thank goodness dear!  Come in, come in!  I was worried sick that something had happened to you in the forest,” said Grandma thinking that the knock was her granddaughter.

The wolf let himself in.  Poor Granny did not have time to say another word, before the wolf gobbled her up!

The wolf let out a satisfied burp, and then poked through Granny’s wardrobe to find a nightgown that he liked.  He added a frilly sleeping cap, and for good measure, dabbed some of Granny’s perfume behind his pointy ears.

A few minutes later, Red Riding Hood knocked on the door.  The wolf jumped into bed and pulled the covers over his nose.  “Who is it?” he called in a cackly voice.

“It’s me, Red Riding Hood.”

“Oh how lovely!  Do come in, my dear,” croaked the wolf.

When Red Riding Hood entered the little cottage, she could scarcely recognize her Grandmother.

“Grandmother!  Your voice sounds so odd.  Is something the matter?” she asked.

“Oh, I just have touch of a cold,” squeaked the wolf adding a cough at the end to prove the point.

“But Grandmother!  What big ears you have,” said Red Riding Hood as she edged closer to the bed.

“The better to hear you with, my dear,” replied the wolf.

“But Grandmother!  What big eyes you have,” said Red Riding Hood.

“The better to see you with, my dear,” replied the wolf.

“But Grandmother!  What big teeth you have,” said Red Riding Hood her voice quivering slightly.

“The better to eat you with, my dear,” roared the wolf and he leapt out of the bed and began to chase the little girl.

Almost too late, Red Riding Hood realized that the person in the bed was not her Grandmother, but a hungry wolf.

She ran across the room and through the door, shouting, “Help!  Wolf!” as loudly as she could.

A woodsman who was chopping logs nearby heard her cry and ran towards the cottage as fast as he could.

Huh? What’s that? Someone is calling for help. I should go and help her!”

Help! Wolf!”

Don’t worry, I’m here!”

He grabbed the wolf and made him spit out the poor Grandmother who was a bit frazzled by the whole experience, but still in one piece.

“Oh Grandma, I was so scared!”  sobbed Red Riding Hood, “I’ll never speak to strangers or dawdle in the forest again.”

“There, there, child.  You’ve learned an important lesson.  Thank goodness you shouted loud enough for this kind woodsman to hear you!”

Now for you, wolf, I will take you somewhere you won’t bother anyone forever.”

The woodsman knocked out the wolf and carried him deep into the forest where he wouldn’t bother people any longer.

Red Riding Hood and her Grandmother had a nice dinner and a long chat.

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