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Little Red Wolf (Amélie Fléchais)
Translated by Jeremy Melloul
Little Red Wolf was a fresh approach that did not follow directly in the footsteps of the original, meandering its own path through the woods, damn the consequences. I read this on the couch with my 3-year-old daughter. She was easily as captivated as I was, with beautiful artwork and lyrical text that flows from the pages.
Little Red Wolf is the tale of a small cub who is sent on a trip through the woods to his Grandmother's house. His Grandmother is too old and frail to hunt for herself, so presented with a dead rabbit to deliver, Little Red Wolf heads through the forest. He is given classic advice to stay the path and avoid the area where the Hunter and his daughter live, for they are killers of wolves and will give no mercy.
Little Red is easily distracted and finds himself lost in the woods, with no idea where the safe trail can be found. He eats bits and pieces of his delivery food until all that is left is bones. He is afraid he will be in trouble, as children do, begins to cry.
This is where the story changes from the traditional morality tale and becomes a great work unto itself. The wolf is approached in the forest by a young beautiful girl. The girl seems to be nice and is willing to help the wolf get a new fresh rabbit to take to his grandmother.