One day the mother made a beautiful hood for the little girl out of a piece of lovely red silk, and the little girl wore the red hood wherever she went.
[PAGE] SHE was soon known by everyone as "Little Red Riding Hood."
Little Red Riding Hood's gran'ma lived at a clearing in the center of the forest, all by herself.
One time when Little Red Riding Hood's mother had baked some lovely cookies, Little Red Riding Hood asked her mother if she might take some to gran'ma.
Mamma put the little red bonnet on the child's head and filled the basket with fresh cookies.
[PAGE] [PAGE] [PAGE] LITTLE Red Riding Hood skipped through the forest toward her grandmother's house. She stopped to gather a large bouquet of beautiful flowers for gran'ma.
[PAGE] MANY beautiful butterflies flitted across her path and Little Red Riding Hood ran after them.
She did not try to catch them, though, for that would have ruined their lovely wings.
[PAGE] [SWITCH] PRESENTLY a dry branch cracked at the side of the forest path and Little Red Riding Hood expected to see a deer.
Instead, a large grey wolf walked through the bushes and strolled up beside her.
[PAGE] "WHERE are you going, Little Red Riding Hood?" the wolf asked, as he tried to smile at the child.
"I am taking this basket of lovely cookies to gran'ma who lives in the center of the forest", she replied.
[PAGE] [PAGE] [PAGE] THE wolf sniffed at Little Red Riding Hood's basket, and, after finding out just where the grandmother lived, he jumped into the bushes and disappeared.
[PAGE] LITTLE Red Riding Hood had never met the wolf before, but she did not like his looks, however, she was a brave little girl, and was not frightened.
After a while she came to where some wood-choppers were cutting wood to take to the market.
[PAGE] WHEN Little Red Riding Hood told them of the wolf, they were surprised that the wolf had not attacked her.
"Perhaps the wolf heard us chopping wood and knew we would [PAGE] come to your assistance", one of the men said.
"I am not afraid", Little Red Riding Hood told the men as she left them and ran down the path.
The little cottage in which Red Riding Hood's grandmother lived looked very lonesome as the child crossed the clearing and walked up to the door.
[PAGE] [PAGE] [PAGE] [SWITCH] ARE you there, Gran'ma?" Little Red Riding Hood called as she knocked at the door.
"Yes, my child," answered a loud gruff voice.
"That cannot be gran'ma's voice", thought Little Red Riding Hood, "for her voice is sweet and low".
"Why do you not open the door, gran'ma?" asked the little girl, for grandma had never behaved in this manner before.
[PAGE] I am sick in bed with a terrible cold, my dear. Just lift the latch and walk in!"
So Little Red Riding Hood lifted the latch and walked in.
[PAGE] MY! what a sight met her eyes; chairs were turned over, dishes were broken, and gran'ma's beautiful table cover lay in the center of the room with a great hole torn in it.
[PAGE] THEN Little Red Riding Hood looked at her grandmother in the bed.
[SWITCH] "Why gran'ma, how your hands have changed; they used to be soft and white and now they are covered with long hairs", the child exclaimed.
"I have been gathering chestnuts and the burrs stuck to my fingers."
[PAGE] [PAGE] [PAGE] WHAT large eyes you have gran'ma!" exclaimed Little Red Riding Hood, as the figure in the bed peeped its eyes out from under the covers.
"All the better to see you with, my dear."
"But, gran'ma, what a black nose you have."
"All the better to smell the cookies in your basket with."
"But, gran'ma, what large teeth you have!"
[PAGE] ALL the better to eat you with!" and with these words the big grey wolf, who had been pretending he was Little Red Riding Hood's grandmother, sprang from the bed and rushed at the little girl.
[PAGE] THE big grey wolf had scarcely left the bed when the door flew open and the woodcutters rushed in with their sharp axes.
[PAGE] WHEN the woodcutters had finished the big grey wolf, Little Red Riding Hood's grandmother came out of the closet where she had been hiding and thanked the men.
[PAGE] [PAGE] [PAGE] THE Wolf pretended that he was Little Red Riding Hood", said the grandmother, "But I knew his gruff voice, and would not let him in, so when he climbed upon [PAGE] the roof and slid down the chimney, I hid in the closet".
"We are glad we arrived in time," said the woodchoppers.
[PAGE] WE knew the wolf was up to mischief when he talked to Little Red Riding Hood back in the forest."
After untieing Little Red Riding Hood's bonnet and tidying up the room a bit, the kind grandmother [PAGE] made tea, and the woodchoppers were invited to have some of the lovely cookies.
After the meal was finished, the woodchoppers took the skin off of the wolf and made Little Red Riding Hood a present of it.
"I will make the child a lovely fur coat for the winter time," said the grandmother.
[PAGE] [PAGE] [PAGE] AFTER thanking the kind men for what they had done, she bade them goodbye.
Little Red Riding Hood was very happy that her dear grandmother [PAGE] had not been harmed by the wolf, and, after visiting the rest of the day with her grandmother, Little Red Riding Hood walked through the forest in the evening, back to her home.
There was nothing more to fear now that the big grey wolf was dead.
[PAGE] THE news of the grey wolf's death traveled quickly through the forest, and, before Little Red Riding Hood had gone far, the little rabbits and the beautiful deer, came from their hiding places and walked down the path with her.
[PAGE] NOW we are free to roam the forest", they cried, "for he was the last of the wolves."
From that day on it was safe for Little Red Riding Hood to wander through the forest to visit her grandmother or to gather wild flowers.
[PAGE] [PAGE] [PAGE] THE forest animals would come out each time to talk with her, and together they would go scampering through the woods--happy that the evil which threatened their lives had been destroyed.
[PAGE] AND so, we learn that, like the bad wolf, there are evil beings who will never listen to reason, and, who can not be persuaded to do right. That is why we must have policemen and prisons.
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