Little Red Riding Hood

By: Charles Perrault
Translated by: Rachel Schwandt

Once upon a time, there was an adorable little girl, very much loved by her mother and her grandmother. They did everything they could for her, and on her birthday, her grandmother gifted her a red bonnet. As she liked to go with her mother and grandmother every day, soon everyone began to call her Little Red Riding Hood.

One day, the Little Red Riding Hood’s grandma, who lived in the forest, was sick. Little Red Riding Hood’s mother asked her to bring a basket filled with a pie and a jar of butter. Little Red Riding Hood happily agreed.


“Be very careful, Little Red Riding Hood and don’t loose focus in the forest.”

“Yes, Mother!”

The little girl was peacefully walking through the forest when a wolf spotted her and approached her.

“Where are you going, Little Red Riding Hood?”

“My grandmother’s house to bring her this basket of pie and butter.”

“I too would like to go and see her… So, why don’t we have a race? You go down this path here, and I will go down the other..”

“Okay!”

The wolf sent Little Red Riding Hood down the much longer path and arrived at the grandmother’s house before her. He did this so that he could pretend to be the little girl and knocked on the door.  However the grandmother did not know who it was because a hunter was to visit later.

“Who is it?” asked the grandmother.

“It’s me, Little Red Riding Hood,” said the wolf.

“What a great granddaughter of mine. Come in, come in.”

The wolf entered, pounced on the grandmother and ate her as a meal. He put on her nightgown and got in her bed to wait for Little Red Riding Hood’s arrival. 

The little girl got side-tracked in the forest and gathered hazelnuts and flowers. Because of this, she arrived a little later. When she arrived, she knocked on the door.

“Who is it?” asked the wolf while trying to disguise his voice.

“It’s me, Little Red Riding Hood. I brought you a pie and a jar of butter.”

“What a great granddaughter of mine. Come in, come in.”

When Little Red Riding Hood entered, she found an unusual grandmother, however, she couldn’t tell why.

“Grandmother, what big eyes you have!”

“Yes, they help me see better my granddaughter.”

“Grandmother, what big ears you have!”

“Of course, they help me hear better.”

“But Grandmother, what big teeth you have!”

“Yes, they help me eat better!”

When he said this, the wolf threw himself at Little Red Riding Hood and he ate her as well. His stomach was so full that he fell asleep.

In this moment a hunter that was going to visit entered the grandmother’s house and began to worry. A lot of time had passed and if there was a wolf… God only knew what could have happened! At this moment, he entered further into the house. When he arrived and saw the wolf with a big tummy, he imagined what had occurred and grabbed his knife and opened up the stomach of the animal to get Little Red Riding Hood and the grandmother.

He will give a good punishment to the wolf, thought the hunter.

So he filled the intestines with rocks and sewed it back together. When the wolf woke up from his nap, he was very thirsty and went to the nearby river. He fell in and drowned.

Little Red Riding Hood returned and saw her mother and grandmother. Since then her grandmother has told her to always heed what she tells her mother.

About the Author:

Charles Perrault was a French writer who is most famous for his short stories such as Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty. He lived during the 17th century and wrote fairy tales while being a member of the Académie Française. Little Red Riding Hood was published in 1697.

Note on Translation Procedures:

Rachel is a Sophomore majoring in International Studies.  This short story, being meant for children around the age of three, presents themes of obedience and innocence. Because this story is meant for children, simplistic yet thorough translation procedures were taken. For example, when translating the Spanish verb afinar (which means to refine or to tune) I needed to make it clear that the wolf was attempting to heighten the pitch of his voice, pretending to be the grandmother. I chose “trying to disguise his voice,” because children reading that would understand what the wolf was attempting to do. By saying this, it would be easy for children to comprehend that the wolf was trying to trick Little Red Riding Hood into thinking he was her grandmother.

About the Author:

Charles Perrault was a French writer who is most famous for his short stories such as Little Red Riding Hood, Cinderella, and Sleeping Beauty. He lived during the 17th century and wrote fairy tales while being a member of the Académie Française. Little Red Riding Hood was published in 1697.

Note on Translation Procedures:

Rachel is a Sophomore majoring in International Studies.  This short story, being meant for children around the age of three, presents themes of obedience and innocence. Because this story is meant for children, simplistic yet thorough translation procedures were taken. For example, when translating the Spanish verb afinar (which means to refine or to tune) I needed to make it clear that the wolf was attempting to heighten the pitch of his voice, pretending to be the grandmother. I chose “trying to disguise his voice,” because children reading that would understand what the wolf was attempting to do. By saying this, it would be easy for children to comprehend that the wolf was trying to trick Little Red Riding Hood into thinking he was her grandmother.

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