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Not a little girl anymore
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Not a little girl anymore

Red Riding Hood, Gwennet.

Fables Of Our Time And Famous Poems Illustrated, James Thurber, 1939.

One afternoon a big wolf waited in a dark forest for a little girl to come along carrying a basket of food to her grandmother.

Finally a little girl did come along and she was carrying a basket of food. “Are you carrying that basket to your grandmother?” asked the wolf. The little girl said yes, she was. So the wolf asked her where her grandmother lived and the little girl told him and he disappeared into the wood. When the little girl opened the door of her grandmother’s house she saw that there was somebody in bed with a nightcap and a nightgown on. She had approached no nearer than twenty-five feet from the bed when she saw that it was not her grandmother but the wolf, for even in a nightcap a wolf does not look any more like your grandmother than the Metro-Goldwyn lion looks like Calvin Coolidge. So the little girl took an automatic out of her basket and shot the wolf dead.

Moral: It is not so easy to fool little girls nowadays as it used to be.

Fables Of Our Time And Famous Poems Illustrated, James Thurber, 1939.

Culture note

  • Calvin Coolidge was the US President between 1923 and 1929.
  • Metro-Goldwyn is a movie studio whose symbol is a roaring lion.
  • Grammar in progress

    Past perfect vs prétérit

    • Repérez les formes verbales en gras dans le texte.
    • Réfléchissez à la chronologie des actions et déduisez-en l’utilisation du past perfect par rapport au preterit.

    Exercices p. 218 Précis grammatical p. 274-275


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    Workbook p. 106
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    List the characters and the adjectives defining them.

    How are they different from the original story?

    Name the steps required to create a fairy tale.

    Useful vocabulary: I find it shocking / interesting…
    First of all, secondly, finally...
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    Make a chronology of the actions in the tale.

    Explain how it differs from the original story.

    Focus on cultural references to say in which country the scene takes place.

    Useful vocabulary: In light of what I’ve read… whereas / while she / he is described as...

    Let's talk this out!

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    Share your findings with your classmates.

    Which classic fairy tale does it remind you of? How is this version more modern?

    What was your reaction to the plot twist in this version?

    What does the moral reveal about the representation of girls in fairy tales?

    Useful vocabulary: There is a sharp / strong contrast between...

    Over to you!

    Conduct an interview

    Let’s use what you have learnt in and / or in !

    You interview James Thurber’s daughter Rosemary to learn about the writer’s inspiration for his story. You ask her questions about her perception of the evolution of male / female relationships in fairy tales in the 20 th century.

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