The Little Red Hen

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A fresh retelling by Byron Barton of the well-loved story of the little red hen who grows grain, threshes wheat, and feeds her chicks—all by herself, without any help from her lazy friends.

Mr. Barton's simple words, bold images, and imaginative use of color have made his many picture book perennial favorites with young children.

The little red hen finds none of her lazy friends willing to help her plant, harvest, or grind wheat ...

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Overview

A fresh retelling by Byron Barton of the well-loved story of the little red hen who grows grain, threshes wheat, and feeds her chicks—all by herself, without any help from her lazy friends.

Mr. Barton's simple words, bold images, and imaginative use of color have made his many picture book perennial favorites with young children.

The little red hen finds none of her lazy friends willing to help her plant, harvest, or grind wheat into flour, but all are eager to eat the bread she makes from it.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Susie Wilde
By the time children turn three, they are ready for story. There's no better place to start than with stories that have stood the test of time. This year Byron Barton gives us his vibrant, clean-lined version of the industrious Little Red Hen and her lazy friends. A great choice for story time.
Children's Literature - Susan Fournier
Knowing the importance of reading to babies right from the start; Byron Barton has retold a story and adding colorful characters in a contrasting environment. Infants and young children are sure to love this sturdy and visually stimulating board book. The vibrant illustrations are a perfect complement and are sure to catch the eye of even the youngest observers. Perfect for reading aloud, this book is a must for beginning reading experiences. A companion book is The Three Bears.
Carolyn Phelan
Barton's illustrations for this popular nursery tale are reminiscent of children's tempera paintings with their icons of houses, animals, and trees. Simple forms and vibrant colors, sometimes in eye-zapping combinations, give the pages instant appeal and promise to grab the attention of the story hour or classroom crowd right back to the last row. Some will miss hearing the little red hen's classic comeback, "Then I'll do it myself!" Here it's more specific, but blander and less biting--"Then I will plant the seeds," etc. Otherwise, the text stays pretty close to the familiar version. A fresh interpretation of an old favorite.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780694009992
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 190,873
  • Age range: 1 - 4 Years
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 5.50 (h) x 0.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Byron Barton is the creator of many picture books for young children, including My Car and My Bus.

Byron Barton is the creator of many picture books for young children, including My Car and My Bus.

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