Story Elements: SETTING

Setting KAW

By Michelle Lynn Senters-

Little Red Riding Hood is a European folktale, first published by Charles Perrault in 1697. Brother’s Grimm published a happier version of the tale in the early 1800’s.
Click here to read versions by Perrault, Brother’s Grimm and other early writers. To see modern examples of Little Red Riding Hood, click here.


In most versions, Little Red Riding Hood leaves her home to walk through the forest to reach her Grandmother’s house. While she is alone in the forest, she meets her antagonist, the Wolf.

Setting is a crucial element in this story. Home conveys a message of family and safety.  The forest, however, conveys isolation, vulnerability, darkness, and danger. While her Grandmother’s house should have been a place of safety, it was a place of trickery and danger.

For an in-depth study of SETTING, click here.


Familiarize yourself with the story of Little Red Riding Hood by reading an early version (click above links) or listening to Grimm’s version here.

Consider how changing the setting might affect the storyline.

Retell the Little Red Riding Hood in one of the settings as shown in the above picture.

  1. Well-lit forest
  2. Dark forest, middle of the night
  3. Hot desert
  4. New York City
  5. Outer space
  6. Pirate ship

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Michelle Lynn Senters is the Founder and Director of KIDS ARE WRITERS. She spends her days working as a Reading Interventionist and spends her evenings writing books for children and adults. You can learn more about Michelle HERE and at


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