“Little Red Riding Hood or the Tale of Jacques Lupe, the French Wolf"

is an imaginative approach to an old tale, with a charming wolf who bedazzles Red Riding Hood (Ruby) with his French accent. He gets his comeuppance and Ruby learns an important lesson. Told with pop up scenery and small rod marionettes.

This story has a  Wolf who speaks with a French accent. There is something about the wolf that is different from many versions of this story. While the story follows the traditional lines including Little Riding Hood talking to a stranger in the woods, a classic No,NO!, there is another twist to the tale. This wolf tried to eat Grandmother and  Little Red Riding Hood because he is hungry. Houses have been built on his land and there is no place for him to find food. Does this sound familiar? Is this one of the issues in nature as people build more houses on woods and wilderness? Can this story be a metaphor for “Save the Animals”. There is also the message made very clearly that it is dangerous to talk to strangers without the presence of an adult. Ruby, aka, Little Red Riding Hood, asks, “Not all strangers are bad, are they grandmother?” "No, dear, but you should talk to them with mother or grandmother present. "

I do not want children to distrust all people they do not know; but to approach the unknown with adult supervision.

  Are there any other stories that you can think of that about ecology or preserving nature? One is The Great Kapok Tree, by Lynne Cherry.

Discuss the issue of  “ Talking to Strangers” and what children should do when they encounter a stranger who asks them personal questions, no matter how attractive that stranger might be.