Happy March, everybody! Despite days and days of unseasonable warmth during February, we experienced some winter weather this morning. Of course, the Pittsburgh Toy Lending Library is always a great place to go when the weather outside is less than desirable, so our playspace was filled with kids eager to burn off the extra energy held over from the snowy Sunday.
This week’s storytime focused on a re-telling of a favorite old children’s story, “Little Red Riding Hood.” Before we could begin, we needed to shake out some of our jumpiness. After storytime stretches and “Heads, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes,” we played a fun little game where we put items in our “picnic basket.” Once the basket was packed, we were ready for our story:
Red Riding Hood
Retold and Illustrated by James Marshall
“Little Red Riding Hood” has many, many variations. It’s fun to experiment with different versions when telling the story to your kids- just be mindful about the ending, which can vary from comic and benign to fairly violent and possibly disturbing for very young children. Though it includes some clever touches, the Marshall version is a fairly routine retelling of the story. The bright illustrations, lack of violence, and light, comic tone make it a great version for young children, but may not be sophisticated enough for children over the age of four or five.
If your kids are taken with the illustrative style and humor of James Marshall, the author has a great library of titles, many of which are children’s classics in their own right. If you’re looking for more re-told classic stories, try these titles:
Storytime is every Monday at 10 am and is intended for all ages.