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The Little Red Hen

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Overview

Little Red Hen is a time-tested cautionary tale about how we reap what we sow. When the hen asks a cat, dog, and mouse for help planting some wheat, she gets no takers: "‘Not I!’ said the cat. ‘Not I!’ said the dog. ‘Not I!’ said the mouse." They won’t water, cut, or grind the wheat . . . or help bake a cake with it, either. So guess who eats the cake by herself in the end? The Caldecott Honor artist Paul Galdone’s delightfully detailed ink and wash illustrations—packed with charming details—add plenty of sly ...

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Overview

Little Red Hen is a time-tested cautionary tale about how we reap what we sow. When the hen asks a cat, dog, and mouse for help planting some wheat, she gets no takers: "‘Not I!’ said the cat. ‘Not I!’ said the dog. ‘Not I!’ said the mouse." They won’t water, cut, or grind the wheat . . . or help bake a cake with it, either. So guess who eats the cake by herself in the end? The Caldecott Honor artist Paul Galdone’s delightfully detailed ink and wash illustrations—packed with charming details—add plenty of sly humor to the well-loved story that not only offers a sage message but also shows children what it takes to make a cake from the ground up!

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 cake she makes from it.

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Editorial Reviews

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"This imaginative rendition will surely help sustain the popularity of this old favorite." School Library Journal, Starred
School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-The industrious hen gets the best of her three lazy friends in this retelling of the familiar tale.
Children's Literature - Elizabeth Fronk
Recent versions of the Little Red Hen are available but for a faithful retelling with the focus on the hen, Galdone has a good one. Each animal resident of the cozy house refuses to help the Little Red Hen with her tasks of planting, cutting the wheat and baking the cake. However everyone wants to help eat the cake after it comes out of the oven. The Little Red Hen refuses any help with that but does gain some eager helpers for her future tasks. In this classic story about helping with tasks, Galdone includes some cheerful details for young readers: pictures of the residents in the cozy house, showing the objects in their dreams and whimsical details with the letters in the oft-repeated phrase, "Not I." This particular edition has a nice size text font for beginning readers and the book is a nice size for small hands. If one wants to read this aloud, the book's size also works very well to hold up and show the wonderful pen and ink illustrations. This handsome reissue can help preschool and early elementary readers learn about the importance of everyone contributing to a project equally, and it teaches the lesson with humor and cleverness. Reviewer: Elizabeth Fronk
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780899193496
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/28/1985
  • Series: Paul Galdone Classics Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 48
  • Sales rank: 69,342
  • Age range: 5 - 8 Years
  • Product dimensions: 7.54 (w) x 7.92 (h) x 0.23 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Galdone was born in Budapest, Hungary in 1907 and emigrated to the United States in 1928. After finishing his studies at the Art Student League and the New York School of Industrial Design, Mr. Galdone worked in the art department of a major publishing house. There he was introduced to the process of bookmaking, an activity that was soon to become his lifelong career. Before his death in 1986, Mr. Galdone illustrated almost three hundred books, many of which he himself wrote or retold. He is fondly remembered for his contemporary style, bright earthy humor, and action-filled illustrations, which will continue to delight for generations to come.

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  • Posted October 10, 2011

    So cute

    One of my favorites.

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  • Posted March 13, 2010

    Preschool classic

    Wonderful illustrations in this young children's classic!

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