The original versions of Little Red Riding Hood have been in print since 1697 and 1812 with storytelling traditions of the tale as early as the Middle Ages — more than 1,000 years ago!
A study in 2013 tracked 58 versions of Little Red Riding Hood worldwide. Some of the versions are 1,000 years older than the Brothers Grimm’s version (1812). In parts of Iran, the child in peril is a boy. In Africa, the villain could be a fox or a hyena. In East Asia, the predator is more likely to be a big cat such as a tiger!
Since the story is always changing, here is your opportunity to make this fairy tale of “yesterday” part of today. We invite you to create your own version of Little Red, her family, and her friends using facts, fancies, and funnies from the fairy tale and its themes.
You might begin with your own drawings of the characters as inspired by the original costume renderings for the production of LITTLE RED by costume designer, Meghan Anderson Doyle.