Hi Everyone...Hope you had a wonderful weekend....This week's theme on MMM is "Bedtime Stories" and one of my first books as a child was "Little Red Riding Hood"....I still have this book and it is all drawn on and sketched in...perhaps the very first start towards my love of picture books and my love of drawing....The funny thing is this book is pretty scary
The version most widely known today is based on the story by the Brothers Grimm. It is about a girl who wears a red hooded cape and cloak and hence is called ...little red riding hood..... The girl walks through the woods to deliver food to her sick grandmother. The big bad wolf wants to eat the girl but is afraid to do so in public. So he approaches the girl, and she naively tells him where she is going. He suggests the girl pick some flowers, which she does. In the meantime, he goes to the grandmother's house and gains entry by pretending to be the girl. He swallows the grandmother whole, and waits for the girl, disguised as the grandmother. (pretty scary for a picture book)
When the girl arrives, she notices he looks very strange to be her grandma. In most retellings, this eventually culminates with Little Red Riding Hood saying, "My, what big teeth you have!"
To which the wolf replies, "The better to eat you with," and swallows her whole, too.
A hunter, however, comes to the rescue and cuts the wolf open. Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother emerge unharmed. They fill the wolf's body with heavy stones, which drown him when he falls into a well. Other versions of the story have had the grandmother shut in the closet instead of eaten, and some have Little Red Riding Hood saved by the hunter as the wolf advances on her rather than after she is eaten.
I guess since the hunter comes to the rescue and saves the Grandmother and the Girl it is a happy ending...except of course for the poor wolf....
I guess we will see many renditions of this story...it will always be a great memory for me...and an inspiration for what I do now...Draw picture books and write picture book stories...
I even added the wolf in the sky ...this is from a wildlife painting I created years ago...I thought it would make an interesting sky for my illustrations in front....
I have added this to this week's Illustration Friday prompt....there is nothing like a yummy and CRUNCHY candy apple....yummmmmmmm
Have a wonderful day!!!