The tale of Red-cheeked Apple and Little Red-Riding Hood

Müəllif: Gülzar İbrahimova

Once upon a ti me there lived a nice litt le girl. She had a name as other people, but she was called “Litt le Red Riding Hood” because of wearing red hat.

Litt le Red Riding Hood used to go to the garden and had an apple, sitti ng under the tree she read tales. Hereby she had eaten all the apples except one which was on the highest branch of the tree. But the apple was so nice and red-cheeked that looking at it saliva dribbled from her mouth. She climbed up the tree, but could not get the apple.

Since that day Red-cheeked Apple did not see Litt le Red Riding Hood.

She was waiti ng for Red Riding Hood every day in order to be eaten. But the girl did not come.

One day Redcheeked was fed up hanging from the tree, fell the ground and gliding fell into the river. She was swimming and singing a song:

- I am a round red Apple,
I am tasty and sweet.
I was fed up on the tree,
I’ve jumped down to feel free.
I know a lot of tales,
I am learning many things.
Swimming in the long river
I am looking for a friend!

Red-cheeked was swimming and singing her song. She met a Crocodile. The Crocodile was happy and said:

- Wow, Red-cheeked! I am glad to see you! Let’s make friends!

- OK! But at fi rst say me, who are you? Who am I going to make friend with?
- I am a Crocodile! A wild, dangerous Crocodile!
Everybody is afraid of me! My skin is so expensive that most expensive bags are made of my skin!
- The most expensive things are for envious and avid people.
- How have you learnt it?
- I have a friend - Litt le Red Riding Hood. She used to read books under the tree and I listened. I have learnt from her books!
- I wonder why hasn’t she eaten you yet?
The Apple became upset:

- She wanted to eat, but could not reach me.
I had to fall down the tree. Evidently she has quarreled with me. I am looking for her now!

- You look like a tasty one, let me eat you!
- No, you won’t! I am good and kind, I can’t be a food for such a useless and bad thing as you! You are cruel and wild. You frighten everyone! It will be pity if you eat me! Good-bye! The Crocodile got angry and slammed with tale to the water. The Crocodile jumped up and tried to catch her. But the Apple started rolling and ran away. Saying “hop!” the Apple jumped out of the river. The Crocodile followed the Apple with his eyes and saliva dribbled from his mouth. Red-cheeked Apple went away singing a song in order to fi nd her friend. She reached to the Granny’s hut. She climbed up the tree in front of the hut and began to sing her song. It seemed to Redcheeked that Litt le Red Riding Hood was there. Because Litt le Red Riding Hood usually visited her granny. The Granny looked throw the window and saw the Apple on the tree. Her song was so sweet that it looked like a nighti ngale’s warble.

- I am a round red Apple,
I am tasty and sweet.
I know a lot of tales,
I am learning many things.
I was fed up on the tree,
I’ve jumped down to feel free.
Swimming in the long river
I have met a Crocodile.
He had a very huge mouth,
He had big and white teeth.
I jumped out of the river,
Frightened of the repti le.
I am looking for a friend.
Haven’t you seen my friend?


The Granny laughed so loudly that all her teeth were seen from her mouth (she had only two teeth in her mouth). She hardly kept laughing and said:

- No, I haven’t. Who is your friend?
- Litt le Red Riding Hood!
- She is my granddaughter, I am waiti ng for her bringing me a fl at-cake. But she hasn’t come yet. I am so hungry!  The Apple was sorry for old woman and said:
- If you are hungry, eat me!
The Granny was glad:
- No, I can’t eat you! You are so nice! Let my granddaughter eat you!
-Eat me, granny! Aft er eati ng throw my seed to the garden to grow.
- Well,I haven’t teeth, let me bring a knife. saying it she entered the hut. Coming back she didn’t see Apple there... The Granny called her:
- Where are you, Red-cheeked?
She heard a voice from distance:

- I don’t like knives!
The granny followed the apple with her eyes and saliva dribbled from her mouth. Red-cheeked Apple went away singing and suddenly met a wolf. The Wolf noti ced the Apple with fresh aroma from the distance. Her voice was so sweet that it spread  all over the forest:

- I am a round red Apple,
I am tasty and sweet.
I know a lot of tales,
I am learning many things.
I was fed up on the tree,
I’ve jumped down to feel free.
Swimming in the long river
I have met a Crocodile.
I jumped out of the river,
Frightened of the repti le.
I ran away from Granny,
She decided to eat me,
Old Granny brought a knife
She wanted to slice me up.
I ran away from granny
What is your name, say me!

- I am a Wolf!
- I remember you! You are the one that swallowed granny! The Wolf who deceived Litt le Red Riding Hood! - Yes, you are right! Can I eat you? - No, you cannot! I am a literate apple! - You cannot run away from me, a literate apple! It is bett er for you to come amitably. I shall eat you!
- Let’s play hide and seek! If you fi nd me, you will be able to eat me!
- Ok!
The Apple jumped from tree to tree. The Wolf followed the apple. At last the Apple jumped up the branch under which there was a deep well. The Wolf fell down into the well and began to shout:
- H-o-o-o-w-l! Oh, my poor tail! The Apple started rolling and again sang her song. This ti me the Apple met a fox. The Fox  looked at the Apple slyly and saliva dribbled from her mouth:

- How tasty and aromati c you are!
Can I eat you?
- Who are you? – The Apple asked.
- I am a Fox! A poor, ignorant, gentle Fox! Everyone deceives me, takes my food away!
- I am not a simple Apple. I am a literate Apple. I know you very well!
- How do you know me?
- You are the Fox that deceived the Flat cake and ate it! You are very sly and omniscient!
Hearing it The Fox began to cry bitt erly:
- Oh, poor Flat cake, dear Flat cake, I don’t know how it happened!
I will not eat you, you are so nice! Let’s be good friends!
- OK!
- Can you sing me a song?
- Yes, of course!
Red-cheeked began to sing:


- I am a round red Apple,
I am tasty and sweet.
I know a lot of tales,
I am learning many things.
I was fed up on the tree,
I’ve jumped down to feel free.
Swimming in the long river
I have met a Crocodile.
I jumped out of the river,
Frightened of the repti le.
I ran away from Granny,
I ran away from the Wolf,
The Wolf had hurt his tail,
Because of doing evil!

- What a nice song you are singing!
But I have dull hearing. Who shouted:
“My poor ail?”
- Not “ail”, but “tail”! – The Wolf shouted:
- I can’t understand you. Can you sit on my nose?
- Of course! Let me climb up the tree and jump on your nose from there!
- Jump! – The Fox was pleased.

Red-cheeked climbed up the highest branch of the tree and jumped from there on the Fox’s head. It jumped so hard that The Fox rolled and fell down the well, where the Wolf had fallen down a litt le earlier. Their shout spread the whole forest. As soon as the Apple began to sing they got calm and listened to her att enti vely:

- I am a round red Apple,
I am tasty and sweet.
I know a lot of tales,
I am learning many things.
I was fed up on the tree,
I’ve jumped down to feel free.
Swimming in the long river
I have met a Crocodile.
I jumped out of the river,
Frightened of the repti le.
I ran away from Granny,
I deceived the silly Wolf.
Wanted Fox the Craft y
To betray and to eat me.
But I beat her so hardly
She fell into the deep well.
I am looking for my friend,
Who can tell me her place?
Litt le Red Riding Hood, please,
Show me quickly your trace.
Come, I ‘m waiti ng for you,
Let’s be close friends!

Red-cheeked Apple was singing when she met an old Deer. The Deer was sitti ng with her head on the ground. Red-cheeked Apple asked her:
- All deer run and walk, but you are just sitti ng.
Why? Are you ill?
- I have become old. My knees are weakened.
That’s why I can’t go and fi nd food for myself.
- Eat me and your knees will become stronger.
- No, I can’t eat you as you are very good and cute.
- Don’t worry, eat me, but throw my seeds to the garden aft er in order to let me grow again.
- Is it possible?
- Yes, it is possible! I’m a magic apple. The Deer thanked her and ate Redcheeked Apple with pleasure. Aft er a while Litt le Red Riding Hood came and asked the Deer:
- Haven’t you seen Red-cheeked Apple? I have heard she was looking for me.


As soon as the Deer heard that, she remembered she had forgott en to throw the seeds to the garden and she started to cry. Litt le Red Riding Hood asked:
- Why are you crying?
The Deer told her everything and said:
- Red-cheeked Apple did well for me, but I betrayed her. I had to throw her seeds to the garden in order to let her grow again. – She started to weep.

This ti me Litt le Red Riding Hood started to laugh. The Deer reproached her:
- I am crying, but you are laughing at me. Litt le Red Riding Hood said:
- Look at your refl ecti on on the lake. As soon as the Deer saw herself on the lake, her eyes opened wider. There was an apple tree grown between her horns. A fl ower bloomed on the tree. The flower turned into a red apple and started to sing a song:

- I have climbed on Deer’s head
And looked around the world.
Deer granny, don’t be upset!
I was just a litt le seed,
Which turned to Apple-Red-cheeked.


Saying that Red-cheeked Apple jumped into Litt le Red Riding Hood’s arms. Red Riding Hood became happy, she ate the apple with pleasure and threw the seeds to the garden. A tree grew in the garden with a red-cheeked apple on it. Red-cheeked Apple and Litt le Red Riding Hood ran away to play in the garden holding their hands.