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Little Ruth Reddingford
and the Wolf
Written by Hank Wesselman
Illustrated by Raquel Abreu
Reading Level: Ages 4-10
Size: 11" x 8.5"
On her way through the woods to visit her grandmother, Ruth is confronted by a nasty pair of bullies. She narrowly escapes, but they follow her all the way to Grandma’s condo—where they meet both Grandma, a Hopi medicine woman, and a great white wolf, the spirit guardian who watches over and protects Ruth wherever she goes. As the bullies are overcome, Ruth not only gains strength and self-confidence, but also discovers the power of her Hopi heritage and makes an extraordinary new friend.
Hank Wesselman’s unique retelling of a classic fairy tale is a wonderful introduction to both ancient and modern day Native American cultures. His inclusion of the passing down of shamanic traditions from grandmother to granddaughter is a tribute to female empowerment. Raquel Abreu’s dynamic illustrations help make Little Ruth Reddingford and the Wolf an uplifting story to be enjoyed again and again.
About the Author
Hank Wesselman, Ph.D., is a long time student/practitioner of shamanism. His interest in spiritual traditions and ancient indigenous cultures led to this retelling of Little Red Ridinghood. Hank’s version of this story includes the passing down of shamanic traditions from grandmother to granddaughter. A professor of Anthropology, Hank lives in Sacramento, California, with his wife and two daughters.
About the Illustrator
Raquel Abreu, a native of Brazil, earned Bachelor’s degrees in Ecology and Movie Animation from the Federal University of Minas Gerais, Brazil. She has also illustrated Your Father Forever for Illumination Arts.
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