Once upon a time there lived on the borders of a great forest a woodman and his wife who had one little daughter, a sweet child, whom every one loved. She was a joy of her father and mother’s hearts. To please her, her mother made her a little scarlet cloak and hood. The child looked so pretty in it that everybody called her Little Red Riding-Hood.
One day her mother sent her to visit her grandmother—a spirited elderly woman who lived in the heart of the wood—to take her some fresh butter and new-laid eggs and a nice cake. Little Red Riding-Hood was very pleased to be sent on this errand, for she liked to do kind things, and always enjoyed visits with her grandmother.