The story of Little Red Riding Hood has been around in various forms for centuries. . . .The version we are most familiar with is the Grimm Brother's version. As a child I found many of the classic fairytales rather disturbing.....probably because I tended to take everything literally. Now I can see the value in fairytales for they impart a moral to children and adults alike. In the case of Little Red Riding Hood one could say the moral is "Do not talk to strangers!" And in this version, all is put right by the Woodsman.....but it never made sense to me that grandmother and Little Red were not injured when the wolf ate them. Other interpretations have been offered for this tale that you can read about here.
I recently visited the charming, hidden-in-the-woods, 1786 cottage that Elizabeth Orton Jones lived in and used as the model for her version of Little Red Riding Hood. . . .
It is now Pickety Place, a just as charming shop and restaurant. Christie Jones Ray, whom many of you know through Facebook and her web journal Grammy's House, has visited and posted photos of this shop. Since I would be close by while on my foray through New Hampshire to seek out the village Tasha Tudor used in her illustrations for her Corgiville books (I will write about that next month on Take Joy Society), I set my GPS for Mason, NH. And I'm glad I did. I lost the signal for the GPS map, but, thankfully, the voice commands were still directing me through the woods to grandmother's house....otherwise, I would have had to stop along the way to ask a stranger the way. . . . .
My 1948 Little Golden Book copy of Elizabeth Orton Jones's Little Red Riding Hood is in well-loved condition. I've made a slideshow of the book and of my photos of Pickety Place so you can take the journey with me into the woods to this charming cottage. . . .
Book: "Little Red Riding Hood", ill. Elizabeth Orton Jones, Simon & Schuster, 1948
Music: "Wondrous Love", Bob Bellamy & Wendy Barlow, Always Home
Photos: Cathy Gilleylen Schultz Music: "Scarborough Fair", Anùna, Celtic Origins
While at Pickety Place I bought this Bay tree with the hope of growing one like Tasha Tudor's. . . . .
Yankee Magazine had an article with more photos of Pickety Place.
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