A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this book.
Though the sisters quarrel with one another, as kids do, they also learn to take care of one another.
Violence & Scariness
Nothing graphic is illustrated, but the tiger does eat the little sister, and hunts down the older one. She fights him, eventually drowning him, then cuts her sister from the tiger's stomach with a knife.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this Chinese version of the traditional Little Red Riding Hood story includes the eating of the little sister, and the killing of the tiger. Older kids should be fine with it, but it's not for younger readers.
Is It Any Good?
Older kids will be captivated by the cleverly told story, with its vibrant illustrations and slightly dangerous tone, and they will understand the lessons. Younger kids may be attracted by the cover and the paintings, but the story isn't for them.
The friendly-looking tiger on the front cover is a trick. He is all smiles, and definitely looks like he wants to play. But, look out! Inside, he becomes a mean-spirited, ferocious character, bent on devouring the two little sisters. He is the wolf in the Little Red Riding Hood stories, and he too is up to no good.
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