May 6, 2017

One of the Earliest Versions of Little Red Riding Hood with Wood Engravings by Walter Crane

We’ll begin our first story with one of the most well-known fairy tales, Little Red Riding Hood also known as Little Red Cap or Red Riding Hood. The origin of this story is unclear. Charles Perrault wrote his version in 1697 and much later Jacob and Wilhelm Grimm adapted their version in 1812. The popularity of these two variations of the story would make it appear to have European origins however, a Chinese poet named Huang Zhing also penned his version during the 17th century. Our video features illustrations by Walter Crane (1845-1915) from a book published in 1875 by George Routledge & Sons. We’ve modernized the text and hope you enjoy it!

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