‘Little Red Riding Hood’ by Trina Schart Hyman
Did you know that there’s such a thing as an alcoholic beverage? It’s okay if you didn’t. We were all surprised by this information at one point. That’s why an elementary school in California removed Little Red Riding Hood from its supplemental reading list in 1990. The book, an adaptation of the Grimm brothers’ fairytale, included a bottle of wine in the basket of goodies Little Red brought to her grandmother. Concerned that this was setting a bad example for kindergarteners, the parents took up arms. “It gives the younger ones the wrong impression about alcohol," they said. "If they should refrain, why give them a story saying it’s OK?”
I’m going to be honest here: I wasn’t chomping at the bit to drink wine when I was five. Chocolate milk, sure. But wine? No, thanks.