Author: Daly, Niki
Brand: Clarion Books
Edition: 2nd Print
Format: Picture Book
Number Of Pages: 32
Release Date: 15-04-2007
Details: Product Description
"Set in Africa, this creative re-telling of the Little Red Riding Hood fairytale has a great balance of text and illustrations for kids beginning to read on their own. Reading this book together encourages lively conversation." - Seira Wilson, Amazon Editor
When Granny asks Pretty Salma to go to the market one day, she warns her not to talk to strangers. But cunning Mr. Dog tricks Salma, and before she knows it, he’s wearing her stripy ntama, her pretty white beads, and her yellow sandals. And he’s on his way to Granny’s house! African culture and flavor infuse this inventive retelling of a favorite fairy tale, and the vibrant lively illustrations bring it to life. The result is a story that combines new and old and spans cultures as successfully as it has spanned the centuries.
From School Library Journal
Kindergarten-Grade 3—Daly's boldly colored illustrations perfectly match this West African incarnation of the classic story. Pretty Salma is sent to the market by her grandmother and told to come straight home, but she takes a shortcut through the wild part of town and encounters Mr. Dog, who tricks her out of her basket, sandals,
ntama, scarf, and beads. Mr. Dog scares Salma off and he goes to Granny's house to trick her. Meanwhile, Salma finds her grandfather in his Anansi costume telling stories in the village square and the two of them quickly set off to rescue Granny. The cartoon-style paintings capture the sights and flavor of the setting and add dimension and humorous details to this modern version of a timeless tale. Enjoyable on its own, this story would be especially fun combined with and compared to the many other "Little Red" stories available.—
Genevieve Gallagher, Murray Elementary School, Charlottesville, VA
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In this playful fractured fairy tale set in Ghana, Salma encounters big, bad Mr. Dog while she is shopping on the wild side of town. Ignoring Granny's message ("Don't talk to strangers"), she is tricked into giving him her pretty things. He then tricks Granny into thinking he is Salma. But Salma dresses up with the mask of the bogeyman, and with help from storyteller Grandpa, she sends the bad dog on his way. Daly's line-and-watercolor art, more folkloric than that in his popular
Jamela's Dress (1999), shows a mixture of the traditional and the contemporary in a Ghanaian urban setting--a man in a Western-style suit with a briefcase walks next to a woman carrying her shopping on her head. Add this lively version to other comic retellings of the Red Riding Hood story and other beloved tales.
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"Daly's retelling offers a pleasing blend of familiar and original elements ... beams with sassy good fun." Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
"Little Red Riding Hood is reinvented for a new audience in this colorful retelling of the classic fairy tale." Publishers Weekly
"Daly's boldly colored illustrations perfectly match this West African incarnation of the classic story." School Library Journal
"A mixture of the traditional and the contemporary in a Ghanaian urban setting." Booklist, ALA
"The South African writer/illustrator...create[s] an unusual version of the popular rural European cautionary tale set in contemporary urban Ghana." Kirkus Reviews
About the Author
Niki Daly is the award-winning author and illustrator of many books for children. He lives in Kleinmond, a small seaside town in Western Cape, South Africa, and often finds inspiration for his stories in African peoples and cultures.
Package Dimensions: 10.6 x 10.2 x 0.3 inches