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Super Red Riding Hood

Dávila, Claudia (Author/Illustrator)
Kids Can Press 2014. 32 pages
First published: 2014
ISBN: 9781771380201 (hardcover)
9781771382854 (e-book)
Original language: English
Dewey: 398
Book type: Picture Book
Book genre: Fairy Tale

Text Elements:

character

Award

The Forest of Reading – The Blue Spruce Award Nominee – 2016

Reading Range

 
Cycle
Elementary
Secondary
 
1
2
3
1
2
ELA
K
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5
ESL
1
2
3
4
5
6
1
2
3
4
5

Description:

Ruby is in love with all things red. She particularly loves the red cloak her grandmother made for her. When Ruby puts it on, she becomes Super Red Riding Hood. On a mission into the deep, dark woods, Ruby encounters “a big, rumbly, growly, terrifying sound” coming from behind a tree, and suddenly she has to rely on her wits to save herself. “Super-hero” meets Little Red Riding Hood in this modern fairy tale about a brave girl with a big heart and a hearty helping of self-confidence.

The onomatopoeic sounds of the forest animals set the stage for a compelling read-aloud experience. Repetition of a key refrain sung by Ruby heightens the suspense: “Who’s afraid of the deep dark woods,/ the deep dark woods, the deep dark woods?… na, na, na, not me!”

Bright digital illustrations capture the exchange between Ruby and the yellow-fanged wolf, licking his chops for what’s inside her box. Well-placed playful type extends the suspense.

The comical twist on how the red-cloaked heroine empowers herself in her dealings with the wolf sends a message to readers about compassion and respect.

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    Discuss how good readers make predictions and compare their predictions to the actual plot. Show a page such as the one where Ruby is about to enter the woods. Make predictions about the characters, setting and events. Revise these predictions as you read aloud.

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    Examine red paint chips. List the names for different shades of red. Decide whether one of these names would also be suitable for the protagonist, Ruby.

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    Retell the original version of the Little Red Riding Hood tale. Compare and contrast the two stories using a Venn diagram.

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    Discuss the meaning of misconception and how it relates to this story. Think-pair-share: Discuss misconceptions you have had and later realized were wrong.

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    Join in with Ruby as she sings "Who’s afraid of the deep dark woods?"

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    Retell the original version of the Little Red Riding Hood tale. Compare and contrast the two stories using a Venn diagram.

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    Discuss your favourite superhero. What is his/her superpower? Outfit? Special equipment? Create a poster that includes the character and a description.

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    Design a map for the story. Label the different parts of the map with the words mentioned in the book. (e.g. trail, forest)

  • Citizenship and Community Life