K is for Kids, 7 of them and a wolf.

Herman Vogel illustrated an 1894 edition of Grimm's Kinder und Hausmarchen.

Herman Vogel illustrated an 1894 edition of Grimm’s Kinder und Hausmarchen.

“The Wolf and the Seven Little Kids” is the ultimate stranger danger story. Kindergarteners faithfully chant with Mama Goat “When I leave…, lock the door…, and don’t open it up again for anyone else but me!” They are stunned by the wolf’s treachery. They bounce anxiously as he searches the home, swell at the baby’s assistance, and heave a sigh of great relief when mama retrieves her kids. Whew!

Isn’t it better for children to hear about wolves preying upon goats than to learn about human predation on a news program?

This is where courage is born: in scary stories.

I hope your 398.2 shelves hold a telling or retelling of this tale.

Grimms Fairy Tales (of course!)

Grimm, Jacob, The Wolf and the Seven Kids, illustrated by Kinuko Y. Craft. Troll Communications, 1980.

Grimm, Jacob, Wilhelm Grimm and Molly Stevens, The Wolf and the Seven Little Goats: A Fairy Tale, illustrated by Claudine Routiaux. Abbeville Press, 2001. (Part of Abbeville Classic Fairy Tales series, The Little Pebbles.)

One response

  1. Excellent lessons! Jackie Torrence talked about the “lessons for hard-headed children” that make the old tales so valuable. If mom says don’t go into the woods, don’t talk to strangers — DON’T Do IT.