La bambina che mangiava i lupi

(The girl who ate wolves) Book not yet available in English


There is a forest. And there is a little house on a tree. It is the small house of a little girl called Bambina (Child) and her chicken friend named Gallina (Chicken) who suffers from dizziness. In the forest there are wolves. But do wolves really eat boys and girls? What if it was girls or boys who eat wolves? In wintertime, Bambina cannot find anything to eat and soon she becomes the terror of the mother wolves whose cubs don’t want to sleep…


This amusing book, illustrated by Desideria Guicciardini, revises in an ironic key the story of Little Red Riding Hood, reversing the roles of who eats and who gets eaten in the traditional fairy tale. But it also has a deeper meaning: Bambina eats wolves because she is hungry and cannot find anything else to eat, and she eventually becomes a wolf herself. The message is: girls and boys, do not be afraid of wolves, because a child’s heart beats in their chests. (First published in 1992)

Edited by: Centro MeTRa (Italy)

Author(s): Lamarque, Vivian

Illustrator(s): Guicciardini, Desideria

Series: Prime letture

Publisher: Emme edizioni

City: San Dorligo della Valle

Year: 2014

Pages: 43

ISBN: 9788867143238

Age Range: 6 - 10

Language: IT

Original Language: IT

Keywords: Animals, Empowerment, Female characters, Identity, Rewriting

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