The Little Red Hen

The Little Red Hen

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by Paul Galdone
     
 

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Galdone's dynamic, amusing pictures add much humor to the familiar tale of the industrious hen and lazy cat, dog, and mouse. "This imaginative rendition will surely help sustain the popularity of this old favorite." -- School Library Journal, starred review

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Galdone's dynamic, amusing pictures add much humor to the familiar tale of the industrious hen and lazy cat, dog, and mouse. "This imaginative rendition will surely help sustain the popularity of this old favorite." -- School Library Journal, starred review

Editorial Reviews

School Library Journal
PreS-Gr 3-The industrious hen gets the best of her three lazy friends in this retelling of the familiar tale.
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"This imaginative rendition will surely help sustain the popularity of this old favorite." School Library Journal, Starred
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

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780812443837
Publisher:
Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Publication date:
09/01/1986
Pages:
37
Product dimensions:
7.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 0.25(d)
Age Range:
3 - 6 Years

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From the Publisher
"The familiar story of the busy little hen and her three lazy friends is delightfully illustrated with pictures that have color and vitality, the humor of the story is extracted in full and most evident in the faces of the dog, cat, and mouse. The setting is a dilapidated farmhouse, and the text and pictures are nicely correlated: Galdone at his best." The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"Every mother has her day, and the freeloading cat, dog and mouse their comeuppance, in fresh, expressive pictures that do full justice to the enduring tale. . . . The industrious hen provides the action, and it's all played out in a minutely realized dilapidated old farmhouse and a sunny yard that fairly leaps with wheat and weeds and flowers." Kirkus Reviews with Pointers

"This imaginative rendition will surely help sustain the popularity of this old favorite." School Library Journal, Starred

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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The Little Red Hen 4.2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Ashley Claar More than 1 year ago
One of my favorites.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
My children had the Golden Book version of this classic tale, but when I went to look for it for my 27 month old grandson, I came upon this book and thought it was wonderful. It is a hardcover book, beautifully written and illustrated. The story is one with a message that children can learn early on. I would highly recommend this book as one to read for your own child, and it would be a wonderful book to receive as a gift.
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rbNC More than 1 year ago
Wonderful illustrations in this young children's classic!