The Gist: A mother goat leaves her seven kids at home, warning them against letting the wolf inside. Of course, the wolf tricks the kids into opening the door and all hell breaks loose.
Either I read this story long ago or I read a version of “Little Red Riding Hood” that had a similar ending, because this tale is very familiar. It is certainly a cautionary tale warning against opening the door for strangers. It is also a tale which teaches that bad things happen to bad people, for even though the baby goats are tricked, the wolf gets his just desserts.
This is a very satisfying story and the most enjoyable of the tales I’ve read so far from the collection. Granted, you do have to suspend your disbelief (the wolf gets cut open and sewn up while he is asleep and doesn’t feel a thing), but it is entertaining and finishes with a strong sense of justice.
Two thumbs up for “The Wolf and the Seven Young Kids.”
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- The Complete Fairy Tales of the Brothers Grimm, 3rd Edition translated by Jack Zipes (Bantam, 2003)