We don’t normally simplify popular children’s stories. An important part of is reading for overall meaning, even if you don’t know all the words. With well-known stories, this may not take place. We are making an exception with this story from the “father” of modern children’s stories Charles Perrault, to show how such stories can change over time. Both the action in the grandmother’s bedroom and the ending were changed by the famous Brothers Grimm to create a more socially acceptable story for children.
English Learner Vocabulary Help
General Comments on the Story
Many people know of the Brothers Grimm (1785–1863) and the famous Danish writer of children’s stories, Hans Christian Andersen (1805–1875). Few people know of the Frenchman Charles Perrault, who published a book in 1694 that is still loved around the world today: s of Mother Goose. (Yes… Mother Goose was a man!) In 1697, a new of Mother Goose was published containing the children’s stories Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Puss in Boots, Sleeping Beauty, and Tom Thumb. Perrault’s approach was to create stories by re-writing traditional s. This is why Little Red Riding Hood features in the Folktale section of our website rather than in our Children’s Stories. This approach was also used as a writing model by the Brothers Grimm, who included their own s of some of Perrault’s stories in their books. We have included the Brothers Grimm version of this story (called “Little Red Cap”) for interest.
Although we have Perrault to thank for the first written version of Little Red Riding Hood, we know that the folktale came from long before he was born. The following is a simplified version of an Fairytales Have Ancient Origin by Science writer Richard Gray which appeared in the U.K.’s Daily Telegraph newspaper on September 5, 2009.
Dr Jamie Tehrani from Durham University studied 35 versions of Little Red Riding Hood from around the world.
Whilst the European version tells the story of a little girl who is tricked by a wolf pretending to be her grandmother, in the Chinese version a tiger replaces the wolf.
In Iran, where it would be considered odd for a young girl to walk about alone, the story features a little boy.
He found that the stories could be grouped into clearly identifiable families according to how they evolved over time.
Stories in Africa are closely related to this original tale, whilst stories from Japan, Korea, China and Burma form a sister group. Tales told in Iran and Nigeria were the closest relations of the modern European version.
Our source for Little Red Riding Hood was The Blue Fairy Book, one of a series of twelve collections of folk and fairy tales for children edited by Andrew Lang. This is the first book in the series, and was first published in 1889. The book contains translations of seven Perrault stories. It can be downloaded as an e-book from Project Gutenberg here. An audiobook is available from Librivox here.
Extensive reading is exactly the same kind of reading that a learner would normally do for enjoyment in their own language – but in English and at a level where he/she can easily understand what they read. It requires reading long conversations and passages in English without using a dictionary. Much as in real life, being able to understand the overall meaning of what you read is more important than understanding every word.
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