Fictional Characters as Red Heads in Literature - Page 1 -
These are some fictional characters, red heads, you might come across while reading.... Some works have been made into movies or cartoon series. Try reading some books together with your kids, dressing up as favorite characters while you read, even for older kids/readers... it's fun! Have a "reading room" or "reading corner" too...
-- NOTE -- If you CLICK ON selected book images below (that say green "Barnes&Noble.com") this will take you to their website so you can purchase the book seen.)
Anne of Green Gables (Anne Shirley) Wonderful redheaded fictional character in books by L.M. Montgomery. (Read quotes from the books on my other web page.)
Fun reading about the humorous exploits of a red-haired orphan, Anne Shirley, who is adopted by an older couple. There are quite a few books in the set, with 'Anne of Green Gables' being the 1st one...all great!
My red-haired girls and our whole family LOVED the DVD series from the books produced by Canadian TV starring Megan Follows about this awesome redhead young lady! Very family friendly.
DVDs Highly recommended.
PLUS, there is also an animated series based on the books, with a few other redheaded characters added. You can read more on my page about "Cartoon Characters" .
There are book sets, DVDs, and even 'Anne Shirley' DOLLS available so check them out -- great gift idea! --
(see at Barnes&Noble.com)
Caddie Woodlawn by Carol Ryrie Brink, inspired by her grandmother's stories growing up. About the adventures an 11-year-old girl, "Caddie," who grew up in the 1860s in Wisconsin. She's a bit of a 'tomboy' who loves to fix clocks and interacts with settlers and Native American Indians (who call her "Missee Red Hair"). There are 3 redhead siblings: Tom ("darkest" red hair), Caddie ("nearest golden"), and Warren ("carrot color"). Also, the great-aunt Ett or "Hetty" is also a redhead. In 1936, this popular children's novel won the John Newbery Medal. Also an award-winning musical - (www.caddiewoodlawnmusical.com).
Fancy Nancy This fictional character named Fancy Nancy is a cute red-haired little girl from the popular books by author Jane O'Connor and wonderful illustrator Robin Preiss Glasser. Nice positive family stories revolving around a little girl who loves to be fancy and play dress-up, have parties...
Also have a 'Fancy Nancy' doll now as well.
Sherlock Holmes (Holmes NOT a redhead!) but... In are several stories with redheads by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle or in the movie productions:
1) "THE RED-HEADED LEAGUE" - About a fictional character, a redheaded London pawnbroker, Jabez Wilson, to whom Holmes gives advice regarding an ad offering work for only red-headed male applicants. The Granada TV series has heavy-set red-haired actor playing the part of this fictional character.
[NOTE: You can listen to this story on the website "Storynory.com" that features free audio for kids! I listened and it runs about 59 minutes.]
2) "THE COPPER BEECHES" - A young lady named Violet Hunter asks Holmes' advice about being offered a job but with the condition she cut off her long hair. In the Granada TV series starring Jeremy Brett, the actress has lovely chestnut/auburn hair but unknown if hair color is mentioned in Doyle's book.
3) "THE MASTER BLACKMAILER" - Again, in the Granada TV series, the character Lady Eva Blackwell is a gorgeous redhead, played by Serena Gordon.
4) "THE SECOND STAIN" - Again, in the Granada TV series, red-haired actress Patricia Hodge plays Lady Hilda Trelawney Hope.
--- (Recommend the EXCELLENT film version about Holmes starring Jeremy Brett, between 1984 and 1994, by BBC and Granada Television. Brett's portrayal of Holmes is considered to be one of the best, and the lead characters closer to the author's descriptions than previous depictions: The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, The Return of Sherlock Holmes, and The Case-Book of Sherlock Holmes, and Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes.
Madeline Classic children's book series by Ludwig Bemelman about a flame-haired orphan named Madeline , first published in 1939. The books have been adapted into animated film, one of which was nominated for the 1952 Academy Award for Best Short Subject (Cartoons), others followed. A live-action film adaption was done in English by Tr-Star Pictures in 1998 and child actress Hatty Jones played Madeline's character. The book series also have been made into TV cartoon series, of which some have won Emmy Awards. Many are shown on the 'Disney Channel.'
Her red-haired fictional character is described as a cute precocious and impetuous little girl, very outgoing. Her dog, Genevieve, was a stray but is very smart and saved Madeline from drowning.
(See books and "Madeline" dolls too!)
(German stamp of Pippi)
Pippi Longstocking Book by Swedish author Astrid Lindgren. Pippi is a wonderful fictional character, a very assertive little girl with wild red pigtails, definitely her ‘own person.’ Her fictional character is sort of an early kid superhero who is very strong physically and has a flair for the outrageous. She encourages kids to believe in themselves and have fun. Not many are fans of the US 1988 movie version. There is an animated TV series by Taurus Film and Canadian company Nelvana but have not seen it. Suggest you just read the book and use your imagination!
Harry Potter books by J.K. Rowling, which have been made into films. Several fictional characters in this popular book series have red hair: -- ALL members of the Weasley family have their trademark red hair and freckles. The parents, Arthur and Molly Weasley, are redheaded. Son Ron Weasley is described as freckled and redhead, as are his twin brothers Fred and George Weasley, as well as sister Ginny Weasley. William Arthur ‘Bill’ Weasley is the eldest son and has long red hair tied back in a ponytail. -- Lily Potter, Harry's deceased mom, is described as having had shoulder-length dark red hair and lovely green eyes. -- Mundungus Fletchers is a mentioned here and there and has long straggly ginger hair, and is apparently a rather scruffy dubious character. -- Young Professor Albus Dumbledore - through the use of the stone Pensieve, Harry magically sees scenes from the past and sees a reddish-haired young Dumblefore. (Thanks to Lynne) (Note: Some parents object to the emphasis on spells, witchcraft, and scary situations.) You can visit my "Famous Redheads" pages to read about actors and actresses who played these parts in the movie.
Little Bill This is a book series by comedienne/storyteller/writer Bill Cosby about a 5-year-old boy named Bill and his family/friends. There is a redhead, freckled little boy who is Little Bill's best friend named Andrew Mulligan. Books deal with childhood issues, friendships; published by Scholastic Books. Also has a TV cartoon series (Noggin Network) based on the books.
Wizard Of Oz In the 'Wizard Of Oz' books by L. Frank Baum there is the powerful Oz sorceress, 'Glinda, the Good Witch of the South.' This fictional character is described as a beautiful young woman with long red hair and blue eyes, although much older than she looks.
In the famous 1939 musical film version of the book, "The Wizard Of Oz," starring Judy Garland, the 'Good Witch of the North' is called Glinda, which is the name of the 'Good Witch of the South' in the OZ novels, and Glinda was played by redheaded actress Billie Burke. As is often done when making movies from lengthy novels, elements are changed for the sake of time and, thus, the 2 witches were apparently combined...and of course other changes. But the BOOK explains events in Oz before Dorothy arrived regarding the Winged Monkeys, the Tin Woodman, etc.
Martha Speaks A cute book series for kids by author Susan Meddaugh. The main fictional character is Helen Finney, a 10-year-old girl with wavy red hair who takes care of her talking dog, Martha. She fed her dog alphabet soup, after which the dog could talk. Now a TV cartoon series as well that includes other redhead characters.
Clifford, the Big Red Dog by author/illustrator Norman Bridwell about a big red dog named 'Clifford’ - who was the runt of the litter. This American kids’ book series later became an animated TV series about this cartoon character. Okay, this fictional character isn't a person, but very RED so had to include him!
Strawberry Shortcake This colorful fictional character was originally an American Greetings card fictional character named Strawberry Shortcake with red hair. Expanded to other products and even TV cartoon series. Has many books by different authors, even scratch-and-sniff books and coloring books. She even had her own cereal. The younger kids seem to like them alot, fun and colorful!
Maggie and the Ferocious Beast Popular kids' books by a mother-son team: author Betty Paraskevas and illustrator Michael Paraskevas. Maggie is a cute 5-year-old girl with short curly red hair, who is the heroine and has adventures with her pretend best friends. Also an animated TV series.
The Magic School Bus A series of science books by Scholastic for kids about a quirky, fun, redhead school teacher named Ms. Frizzle and her class. She drives her class in her magic school bus to fantastic field trips. They combine fiction and scientific facts. For grade school age, about 6-9 years. Also an animated TV series.
Jane and the Dragon Series of children's books by the Martin Baynton, a prolific writer and illustrator (has at least 30 titles published!). This series about a cute redhead girl named Jane who wants to be a knight includes - 'Jane and the Dragon', 'The Dragon's Purpose', and 'Jane and the Magician.' Great stories about following your dreams and girls not being a wimp. Inspired a successful TV cartoon series 'Jane and the Dragon'.
Freckleface Strawberry Authored by actress Julianne Moore. Her books are about a spunky, cute, freckled red head little girl. Although she is a fictional character, she based the stories on some of her own life experiences growing up as a natural redhead. The first book was 'Freckleface Strawberry' and the sequel was 'Freckleface Strawberry and the Dodge Ball Bully,'
The Red Zora Die Rota Zora By German author Kurt Held, real name Kurt Kläber (1987-1959). Published in 1941, this novel for teens is about a flame-haired 14-year-old heroine Zora and her gang of homeless orphans who call themselves Uskoken. Outcasts in the community, they lived in a fortress above the town, stealing food and surviving however they can. The story is based on actual orphaned kids in Europe around World War II. In a German-Swiss-Yugoslavian production, a 13-episode TV series 'Zora the Red' was filmed in the village of Senj in 1978, Zora being played by Serbian actress Lidija Kovačević.(Thanks to Sonja)
Little Red Authored by Sarah Ferguson, this preschool-age book about a little redhead fictional character and her picnic adventures. Has a lot of British phrases.