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Story: Little Red Riding Hood

Once upon a time, there was a little girl called Little Red Riding Hood. She always wore a red cloak with a hood. That is why she was called Little Red Riding Hood.

One day, Little Red Riding Hood decided to visit her grandmother. She loved to visit Grandma because Grandma told her lots of stories. Grandma lived just across the park from Little Red Riding Hood’s house. Her mother let her go on her own because it was only a short walk.

Her mother said, “Go straight to Grandma’s house.”

“I will, Mother.”

“Do not talk to strangers on the way,” said her mother.

“I won’t, Mother. I promise.”

Little Red Riding Hood skipped along the path. Some of her neighbours were picnicking in the park. Little Red Riding Hood waved to them as she went past. Then she met a wolf. The wolf pretended to be nice.

“Where are you going, pretty little girl?” he said.

“I’m on my way to see Grandma who lives on the other side of the park.”

The wolf smiled and licked his lips. Little Red Riding Hood continued on her way but she did not know what the wolf was planning. He took a shortcut across the park and got to Grandma’s house before Little Red Riding Hood.

Grandma had left the door unlocked for Grandpa who had gone for a walk.  The wolf walked right into Grandma’s house. When Grandma saw the wolf, she screamed and fainted. The wolf dragged her into the bathroom and locked the door. Poor Grandma.

Then the wolf put on one of Grandma’s nighties, pulled one of her frilly night caps over his head and climbed into Grandma’s bed.

A few minutes later, Little Red Riding Hood knocked on the door.

“Who is it?” called the wolf, trying to sound like Grandma.

“It’s me, Little Red Riding Hood.”

“Let yourself in dear,” croaked the wolf. “I’m in bed sick today.”

When Little Red Riding Hood went inside, she knew her grandma must be very sick because she looked so different.

“Grandma, you must be very sick.”

“I am, dear.”

“Grandma!  What a strange voice you have.”

“Oh, I have a sore throat,” said the wolf, adding a cough at the end.

“Grandma!  What big ears you have,” said Little Red Riding Hood, going closer to the bed.

“All the better to hear you with, my dear,” said the wolf.

“And Grandma!  What big eyes you have.”

“All the better to see you with, my dear.”

“And Grandma!  What big teeth you have.”

“All the better to eat you with,” roared the wolf. Then he jumped out of the bed and chased Little Red Riding Hood.

Little Red Riding Hood ran as fast as her little legs could carry her. She ran out the door and shouted.

“Help!  Wolf!”

Just at that moment, Grandpa came back from his walk. He picked up a big stick and chased that hungry wolf away.

Little Red Riding Hood and Grandpa found Grandma in the bathroom. Grandpa waved some smelling salts under her nose to wake her up.

“Oh Grandma, are you all right,” said Little Red Riding Hood, putting her arms around her grandmother.

“I’m fine now, dear,” said Grandma.

“I’m sorry, Grandma,” said Little Red Riding Hood. “I met the wolf in the park but I should not have spoken to him.”

“No, my dear child, you should not speak to strangers in the park,” said Grandma.

They sat at the kitchen table and Grandpa made them all a nice cup of tea.

Now,” said Grandma to Little Red Riding Hood, giving her a kiss on the cheek.  “I have a new story to tell you.” Grandma took a sip of her tea and began the story.

“Once upon a time there was a big bad wolf who met a little girl in the park called Little Red Riding Hood.”

And that is how the story of Little Red Riding Hood began long, long ago.

This ‘gentle’ version of the well known story is a retelling by JB Rowley – free for use by others in any way other than commercial publication.

Song: Head and shoulders, knees and toes  (cute youtube video) and at KIDiddles


Ten little fingers, ten little toes,
Two little ears and one little nose
Two little eyes that shine so bright
And one little mouth to kiss me goodnight.


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