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LITTLE RUTH REDDINGFORD AND THE WOLF

Author: Hank Wesselman

Illustrator: Raquel Abreau

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Publisher: Illumination Arts Publishing Company, Inc., 2004

Material: hard cover

Summary: Every Saturday "Red" goes to visit her grandmother. She wasn't about to let Grandma's car trouble interrupt their plans for a teddy bear picnic, so she heads out alone. She gets more than she planned when she meets two bullies and her spirit protector. This is a twist on a classic story, with some modern ideas and events woven in.

Type of Reading: family reading, bedtime story, read aloud

Recommended Age: read together: 2 to 8; read yourself: 7 to 10

Interest Level: 3 to 8

Age of Child: Started reading with child 3 years old.

Young Reader Reaction: It took a couple of readings for the full story to sink in, but now Ruth and the Wolf are regular companions during bedtime reading.

Adult Reader Reaction: This is more than just a modernized version of the tale we grew up with. It has a nice twist (hint: the wolf isn't the bad guy), some spiritualism, and an even better moral than the original!

Pros: The story has a positive message, no one gets eaten, and the evil-doer gets community service, not whacked by a woodsman. The illustrations are great.

Cons: None.

Borrow or Buy: Buy. This book will come in handy in teaching any number of lessons you want to convey.

If You Liked This Book, Try: ALLEY OOPS   FINKLEHOPPER FROG   AUNTIE CLAUS AND THE KEY TO CHRISTMAS

Educational Themes: You can draw out any number of messages: don't travel alone, how to handle bullies, the importance of family and tradition, and paying the consequences for your actions, among others.

Notes: The author donated a copy of this book to the Reading Tub. It will be donated to a reader in need.

Literary Categories: Fiction - picture book, fables and folklore, classic literature, adventure, grandparents

Date(s) Reviewed: December 2004

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