Size: 8.5 x 11
Pages: 40
Illustrations: 27 color photos

Children's Literature
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Little Orange Honey Hood

A Carolina Folktale

Lisa Anne Cullen



Published: May 15 2018


Published: May 15 2018

OA Ebook
Published: May 15 2018


The inclusion of this book in the Open Carolina collection is made possible by the generous funding of

A young girl encounters danger in a Southern swampland on her journey to grandma's house

Little Orange Honey Hood brings a Carolinian spin to the classic Brothers Grimm Little Red Cap and Charles Perrault's Little Red Riding Hood folktales. Illustrated and written by Lisa Anne Cullen, this story follows young Blossom on her journey through the river swampland to deliver mosquito-fever medicine to her ailing grandmother. During an unexpected encounter with a hungry alligator, Blossom realizes that she must fight to save Grandma from more than just mosquito fever.

Cullen introduces young readers to the charm and culture of the Carolinas, highlighting places such as the Congaree River in the South Carolina midlands while incorporating some of both states' symbols, such as the state flower, tree, insect, fruit, and boat. She also offers educational tables and maps of North and South Carolina. Young readers, with the help of an adult, will delight in Little Orange Honey Hood's recipes for peach pies, black tea, and gator nuggets. Cullen's colorful illustrations and lyrical storytelling are entertaining and enlightening, making her rendition a staple for personal and educational libraries throughout the historic and beloved south.

Lisa Anne Cullen is the author or editor of eight children's books and a member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She holds a master of fine arts degree in writing for children and pairs this passion with her love of illustration, art, photography, and screenwriting. Cullen has won awards for her artistic and written works and finds pure joy in connecting with the natural world.

"An ageless tale about family helping family, flavored with regional food, wildlife, and drama. The Carolinas' state symbols, maps, cookbook magic (try the peach pie), and one tricky alligator our heroine, Blossom, must outwit make this book special indeed. And the art? As fresh and beautiful as a Carolina sunrise."—Tom Poland

"This beautifully illustrated tale is a wonderful reimagining of Little Red Riding Hood. The detailed, poetic descriptions throughout evoke a clear and specific sense of place. Reading Little Orange Honey Hood is like experiencing a golden ray of Carolina sunshine."—Frank Anderson, executive editor, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

"Little Orange Honey Hood is a wonderful retelling of Little Red Riding Hood with a Carolina twist. Cullen's collages pull you into the South Carolina low country setting. Her language is as lush as the swampy trail leading to Grandma's house. At the end of the story she provides interesting information about North and South Carolina's state symbols. The special recipes that include deep fried gator nuggets, are an added treat. Cullen's gifts as a story teller and artist are evident in this delightful book that children will return to time and time again."—Joyce Hansen, author of I Thought My Soul Would Rise and Fly

"Mix an orange traveling cloak, a basket of goodies and a trail through the swamp to Grandma's house, and you have a classic fairy tale — retold with a Southern drawl. Cheer along as Blossom routs the wily creature hiding in Grandma's bed and saves the day. Deep-fried gator nuggets, anyone?"—Lucy Nolan, author of the award-winning Down Girl and Sit series of chapter books

"Beautifully written and illustrated with exquisite cut-paper collage, Little Orange Honey Hood is as bright as a summer morning and as sweet as orange blossom honey. But you must read it aloud because the telling is the best part. Tart-sweet, just like the peach pie Blossom is bringing to Grandma."—Eric Kimmel, author of Anansi and the Moss-Covered Rock, Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins, and other stories.

"Lisa Anne Cullen's folk art and folk wisdom combine in a delightful retelling of a classic tale, Carolina-style. Young readers will love the highly detailed illustrations, will learn some fun Carolina facts, and can even cook up some local recipes included in the back."—Edward Bloor, author of Tangerine

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