Genre- Traditional Literature

pretty-salmaTitle: Pretty Salma

Author: Niki Daly

Publisher: Clarion Books

Age Level: Elementary (3-4) or Upper (5-6)

Date: 2006

Summary: “In this version of “Little Red Riding Hood,” set in Ghana, a young girl fails to heed Granny’s warning about the dangers of talking to strangers.”

Strengths: I like that the pictures are simple but just enough to make the pictures go along with the story. I like how the author used aspects of “Little Red Riding Hood” in this story, but still made it unique and different.  It is great that there are some pronouncations in the front of the book of the different Ghanaian words used in the story.  Toward the end of the book when Mr. Dog gets to Granny, I like on the top half of the book they show Pretty Salma and Grandfather dressed up on there way to Granny’s house to scare the wolf.

Concerns: It bugged me when Pretty Salma gets to Granny, Granny doesn’t realize it is not her and is Mr. Dog. I understand it is a vital point in the story. Granny gives Mr. Dog a bath and still doesn’t realize it is Pretty Salma. It bothered me, because clearly Granny should have recognized her Salma especially if she is Pretty Salma.

Classroom Use: This book could be used when talking about traditional literature in the classroom. Little Red Riding Hood is a popular folktale, with many varieties. Teachers could use Pretty Salma when talking about the different ways a story can be told. It would be a great book for a specific lesson or topic on the African culture.

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