Pretty Salma : a Little Red Riding Hood story from Africa (#15958T3)

by Daly, Niki

11 reviews & awards | 6 full-text reviews

Hardcover Clarion Books, 2007
Price: USD 17.53
Description: 29 pages : color illustrations ; 26 x 27 cm
Dewey: 398.2; Int Lvl: K-3; Rd Lvl: 2.4
AR 3.2 LG .5 113918EN; RC 3.7 1; LEX AD510L


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First published: United Kingdom: Francis Lincoln Limited, 2006. In this version of "Little Red Riding Hood," set in Ghana, a young girl fails to heed Granny's warning about the dangers of talking to strangers.

From the Publisher

When Granny asks Pretty Salma to go to the market one day, she warns her not to talk to strangers. But cunning Mr. Dog tricks Salma, and before she knows it, he's wearing her stripy ntama, her pretty white beads, and her yellow sandals. And he's on his way to Granny's house! African culture and flavor infuse this inventive retelling of a favorite fairy tale, and the vibrant lively illustrations bring it to life. The result is a story that combines new and old and spans cultures as successfully as it has spanned the centuries.

Product Details
  • Publisher: Clarion Books
  • Publication Date: April 15, 2007
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Edition: 1st American ed.
  • Dewey: 398.2
  • Classifications: Nonfiction
  • Description: 29 pages : color illustrations ; 26 x 27 cm
  • ISBN-10: 0-618-72345-5
  • ISBN-13: 978-0-618-72345-4
  • LCCN: 2006-004249
  • Follett Number: 15958T3
  • Catalog Number: 0618723455
  • Interest Level: K-3
  • Reading Level: 2.4
  • ATOS Book Level: 3.2
  • AR Interest Level: LG
  • AR Points: .5
  • AR Quiz: 113918EN
  • Reading Counts Level: 3.7
  • Reading Counts Points: 1
  • Lexile: AD510L

Reviews & Awards
  • Black Issues Book Review, 05/01/07
  • Book Links, 01/01/09
  • Booklist, 02/01/07
  • Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, 07/01/07
  • Horn Book Magazine, 10/01/07
  • Kirkus Reviews, 04/01/07
  • Library Media Connection, 08/01/07
  • Parents' Choice Gold Award, 2007
  • Publishers Weekly, 04/16/07
  • School Library Journal, 04/01/07
  • Wilson's Children, 10/01/10

Full-Text Reviews
Booklist (February 1, 2007 (Vol. 103, No. 11))
In this playful fractured fairy tale set in Ghana, Salma encounters big, bad Mr. Dog while she is shopping on the wild side of town. Ignoring Granny's message ("Don't talk to strangers"), she is tricked into giving him her pretty things. He then tricks Granny into thinking he is Salma. But Salma dresses up with the mask of the bogeyman, and with help from storyteller Grandpa, she sends the bad dog on his way. Daly's line-and-watercolor art, more folkloric than that in his popular Jamela's Dress (1999), shows a mixture of the traditional and the contemporary in a Ghanaian urban setting--a man in a Western-style suit with a briefcase walks next to a woman carrying her shopping on her head. Add this lively version to other comic retellings of the Red Riding Hood story and other beloved tales.

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