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LITTLE RED RIDING HOOD Author: Grimm Brothers

Once upon a time there was a dear little girl. Once, her mother gave her a little riding hood of red velvet. And a girl liked it so much that she would never wear anything else; so she was always called 'Little Red Riding Hood.'

One day her mother said to her: 'Come, Little Red Riding Hood, your grandmother is ill. Wear on, here is a piece of cake, take it to her.

Little Red Riding Hood wore a dress and red riding hood, tied hood tightly under her chin and started to trip.

Mother said behind her ‘Don’t leave the path on Rabbit Forest!’ (The forest was named Rabbit Forest, but there was not a single rabbit in the forest for a long time – you will learn the reason after a while).

‘I will not leave’ said Little Red Riding Hood.

Just as Little Red Riding Hood entered the woods, took some steps, heard a voice behind the bushes. A wolf suddenly came up to the path. Red Riding Hood was near to drop down the basket in her hands from fear. But the wolf did not look like an enemy at all. ‘Where are you going to, little girl?’ the wolf asked.

'To my grandmother's.' replied Little Red Riding Hood. ‘The first house at the end of the Rabbit Forest. My grandmother is not well. By the way my name is not ‘a little girl’, I am ‘Little Red Riding Hood’

‘I am sorry’ said the wolf. ‘I didn’t know. Look, I’ll tell you what. I will run and tell your grandmother that you are on the way. But you don’t play around on the road, do you? We don’t want you have trouble, do we? ’

The wolf ran away immediately because there was a woodcutter roaming nearby. He knew if he ate the girl there, the woodcutter would come for help.

Little Red Riding Hood picked up flowers, ran after a butterfly, listened to the birds singing, walked slowly on the path, meanwhile the wolf ran straight to the grandmother's house and knocked at the door.

'Who is there?' asked from inside the old lady.

'It’s me, Little Red Riding Hood,' replied the wolf changing his voice. 'I brought a cake for you to eat when you have tea.'

‘The door is open, my beauty’ said the grandmother. The wolf rushed into the house. He was very hungry! He had not eaten for days. That’s why he devoured the grandmother without even chewing. After a while Little Red Riding Hood knocked the grandmother’s door.

'Who is there?' asked the wolf with a mild voice.

'It’s me, Little Red Riding Hood.'

‘The door is open, my beauty’ said the wolf. ‘Come in’

Little Red Riding Hood was in doubt. ‘My grandmother’s voice is very strange’ she thought. Then she remembered her grandmother was ill and opened the door latch and entered the house.

The wolf was lying on the bed with grandmother’s nightgown, her hood and glasses on. Pulled the quilt on his throat, closed the curtains so that there’s no light inside and his face would not be seen.

‘Put your basket there and come near darling,’ said the wolf.

Little Red Riding Hood put the cake on a small table near the bed, but did not go near the wolf immediately because grandmother was looking strange.

'But, grandmother, what large hands you have!'

'All the better to hug you with.' was the reply of the wolf.

'Oh! Grandmother,' she said, 'what big ears you have!'

'All the better to hear you with, my child,' was the reply of the wolf.

'But, grandmother, what big eyes you have!'

'All the better to see you with, my dear.' was the reply of the wolf.

'Oh! But, grandmother, what sharp teeth you have!'

'All the better to eat you with!' was the reply of the wolf.

And scarcely had the wolf said this, and then with one bound he was out of bed and swallowed up Red Riding Hood. When the wolf had appeased his appetite, he laid down again on the bed, fell asleep.

But the wolf was snoring very loudly. The hunter passing in front of the house heard the snoring. He thought if something bad happened to the grandmother, so he went into the room. After entering he understood what happened.

'I have long sought you old sinner!' shouted the hunter and hit by ax handle on wolf’s head. He removed first Red Riding Hood, then grandmother accurately from inside the wolf. Both were strong.

The grandmother ate the cake which Red Riding Hood brought to her. Red Riding Hood girl promised her grandmother that she will never be deceived by wolf’s words. When she was going back home she saw rabbits come outside from places they were hiding. The Rabbit Forest become again full of rabbits as in old days.