Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood

by Mike Artell, illustrated by Jim Harris

Petite Rouge: A Cajun Red Riding Hood is a funny and clever variation of Little Red Riding Hood, set it in a Louisiana swamp and featuring a young duck en route to bring her ailing Grandma some gumbo and sausage. Told in rhyme and full of words in Cajun dialect, this book is a blast fun to read and listen to, and great for six traits of writing lessons on the trait of voice. You may want to read the book once through before reading it to your class, just to get used to some of the words -- such as: an 'den (then), t'ree (three), dere (there)... You'll get the hang of it after one reading, and be ready to treat your students to this fun, Cajun experience.

In addition to the text, the illustrations are teeming with details of Cajun life, and Harris manages to make even the alligator (this version's big bad wolf) endearing. We wholeheartedly agree with School Library Journal, who called this book "a treat from start to finish."

Interest Level: Grade 1-4
Reading Level: ages 4-8
Lexile Level: Level 870L

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