“Little Red Riding Hood” Adapted by the British Council Short Stories

Once upon a time, in a quaint village nestled deep in the heart of a dense forest, lived a sweet and innocent little girl known as Little Red Riding Hood. She was called so because she always wore a beautiful red hooded cloak made for her by her dear grandmother. This cloak was her most cherished possession, and she wore it everywhere she went.

“Little Red Riding Hood” Adapted by the British Council Short Stories
“Little Red Riding Hood” Adapted by the British Council Short Stories

One sunny morning, Little Red Riding Hood’s mother called her into the kitchen. “My dear,” she said, “your grandmother is feeling quite ill. She lives in a cottage on the other side of the forest, and I am worried about her. Would you be a kind girl and take this basket of goodies to her? It has some fresh bread, a pot of homemade butter, and a jar of her favorite jam.”

Little Red Riding Hood nodded enthusiastically. “Of course, Mother. I’ll go right away and make sure Grandma is well.”

Her mother smiled and warned her, “Now, remember, Little Red Riding Hood, stay on the path and do not talk to strangers. The forest can be a dangerous place.”

Little Red Riding Hood promised to heed her mother’s advice and set off on her journey through the enchanting forest.

As she strolled along the winding path, she couldn’t help but admire the beauty of the trees and the chirping of the birds. The sun dappled through the leaves, creating a magical canopy of light and shadows. Little Red Riding Hood felt at peace in the heart of the woods.

However, deep within the shadows, a cunning wolf lurked. He had spotted Little Red Riding Hood and overheard her plans. The wolf had a wicked plan of his own.

“Ah, what a delicious-looking girl in that red cloak,” the wolf muttered to himself. “I must find a way to get to her grandmother’s cottage before she does.”

With sly determination, the wolf sprinted through the forest, taking a shortcut to reach Grandma’s cottage ahead of Little Red Riding Hood. Upon arriving, he knocked on the door, disguising his voice to imitate the sweet voice of the girl.

“Who is it?” called Grandma from her sickbed.

“It’s me, Little Red Riding Hood,” replied the wolf, trying to sound as innocent as he could.

“Come in, dear,” Grandma said, believing it was her granddaughter.

The wolf entered the cottage and, without wasting any time, gobbled up Grandma in one big gulp. He then put on Grandma’s nightcap and crawled into her bed, waiting for Little Red Riding Hood to arrive.

Soon enough, Little Red Riding Hood reached her grandmother’s cottage. She knocked on the door and called out, “Grandma, it’s me, Little Red Riding Hood. I’ve brought you some goodies.”

The wolf, still disguised as Grandma, replied, “Come in, my dear.”

Little Red Riding Hood entered the cottage and was surprised to find her “Grandma” looking very different today. She peered at the bed with a puzzled expression.

“Why, Grandma,” she said, “what big ears you have!”

“All the better to hear you with, my dear,” replied the wolf.

Little Red Riding Hood continued, “And Grandma, what big eyes you have!”

“All the better to see you with, my dear,” replied the wolf again.

“Grandma,” Little Red Riding Hood said, “what big teeth you have!”

At this point, the wolf could no longer contain his true nature. With a menacing grin, he leaped out of the bed and lunged at Little Red Riding Hood. But just in the nick of time, a woodsman who had heard the commotion burst into the cottage and rescued the girl.

The woodsman chased the wolf away into the forest, never to be seen again. Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother were saved, and they thanked the woodsman for his bravery.

From that day on, Little Red Riding Hood remembered to always listen to her mother’s advice and never speak to strangers. She learned a valuable lesson about the dangers of the forest and the importance of staying safe.

And as for the wolf, he learned the hard way that cunning and deceit would not always lead to success in the end.

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