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Revisioning Red Riding Hood around the World


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Sandra L. Beckett is professor of French at Brock University, Canada. She is the author of Red Riding Hood for All Ages: A Fairy-Tale Icon in Cross-Cultural Contexts (Wayne State University Press, 2008), Crossover Picturebooks: A Genre for All Ages, Crossover Fiction: Global and Historical Perspectives, Recycling Red Riding Hood, and De grands romanciers écrivent pour les enfants, among others. She has also edited several books, including Beyond Babar: The European Tradition in Children's Literature, Transcending Boundaries: Writing for a Dual Audience of Children and Adults, and Reflections of Change: Children's Literature Since 1945.


Revisioning Red Riding Hood around the World places Red in the context of history, showing her at times as an independent young woman with fight, and at other times, as in Ikhlef's narrative, a seductress who feeds off the Wolf's temptation. For all the variations North America has read in books or seen on the screen, Beckett's text offers a unique and new view of the scope of Red's appeal in recent history. For those who share Beckett's "passion for the little girl in red," Revisioning Red Riding Hood around the World provides further documentation and appreciation for a worldwide literary icon.--Lori A. May "The Los Angeles Review"

Beckett, author of two previous books on Little Red, has performed a stunning feat of scholarship. . . Wayne State University Press is to be applauded for the investment in this beautiful volume at a time when so many presses are stinting on production.--E.R. Baer "Choice Reviews"

Each retelling is accompanied by an introduction to the author, an overview of some of their other works, their place in the international canon, along with a more scholarly examination of the specific tale. The result is an academic exercise that fulfills two significant purposes: it offers a critical lens through which to view the stories, and it provides an opportunity to engage with international works that a U.S. audience might otherwise not see. This has obvious value to children's literature and folktale scholars, but the stories might also make for excellent storytelling fodder.--The Bulletin of The Center for Children's Books "The Bulletin of The Center for Children's Books"

If you are a fan and/or student of Little Red Riding Hood, Revisioning Red Riding Hood Around the World: An Anthology of International Retellings is a must add to your library. It's excellent. There are versions of LRRH--old and new--found within that I was not familiar with and so I'm sure there will be new ones to you, too.--Heidi Anne Heiner "Sur La Lune Fairy Tales Blog"

In Revisioning Red Riding Hood around the World, Sandra Beckett presents 52 versions of the tale of Little Red Riding Hood in English translations from 15 other languages, representing authors,
illustrators, and publishers from a globetrotter's list of countries...--Perry Nodelman "Nordic Journal of ChildLit Aesthetics"

It is a valuable contribution to the ongoing fascination with 'Little Red Riding Hood' of readers of all ages and nationalities.--Jacqueline S. Thursby "Journal of American Folklore"

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