Little Red Riding Hood and Friends

Animal stories are one of the oldest forms of folk literature and are found in every culture. These stories have their animals act like people and teach lessons about life. The Little Red Riding Hood story, also known as "Le Petit Chaperon Rouge" first appeared in Charles Perrault's collection of fairy tales Histoires ou contes du temps passés, avec des moralités: Contes de ma mère l'Oye. A young girl deceived by a wolf meets a tragic end with both herself and her grandmother being eaten. The German writers, Grimm Brothers, modified the story ending to have a nearby woodsman save the little girl and her grandmother by using his axe to kill the wolf. Puss in Boots or "Le Maistre Chat ou Le Chat Botté", also one of Perrault's original fairy tales, is an animal trickster story. A clever cat ensures his poor master marries a princess by outsmarting an ogre and lying to a king. In the 19th century this story was criticized for its immortality. The tale of Cock Robin is a very old English story, whose rhyming verse tells the story of his friends mourning his death and planning his funeral.

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