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Children's LiteratureA little boy sits in his grandfather's wheelbarrow taking a ride--bumpety bumpety bump--while the little red hen follows. What is the little hen up to? The boy picks tomatoes, lettuce, onions, beans, and cucumbers. Meanwhile, the hen continues to watch everything the boy does. At the end of this charming story, the hen finally stops following him. The boy finds the hen sitting proudly on her nest, having laid an egg. A well-known artist who received the Kate Greenaway Award in 1974, Hutchins enchants readers with her wonderfully crafted illustrations, which are accompanied by rhythmical language. 2006, Greenwillow Books/HarperCollins Publishers, Ages 3 up.
—Suzanna E. Henshon, Ph.D.