The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza)

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The story of the industrious Little Red Hen is not a new one, but when this particular hen spies a can of tomato sauce in her cupboard and decides to make a pizza, the familiar tale takes on a fresh new twist. Kids will love following along as the hen, with no help from her friends the duck, the dog, and the cat, goes through the steps of making a pizza-shopping for supplies, making the dough, and adding the toppings. But despite their initial resistance, the hen's friends come through in the end and help out in...
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Overview


The story of the industrious Little Red Hen is not a new one, but when this particular hen spies a can of tomato sauce in her cupboard and decides to make a pizza, the familiar tale takes on a fresh new twist. Kids will love following along as the hen, with no help from her friends the duck, the dog, and the cat, goes through the steps of making a pizza-shopping for supplies, making the dough, and adding the toppings. But despite their initial resistance, the hen's friends come through in the end and help out in a refreshing and surprising way.

In this version of the traditional tale, the duck, the dog, and the cat refuse to help the Little Red Hen make a pizza but do get to participate when the time comes to eat it.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
"This retelling of The Little Red Hen exudes charm, thanks to conversational narration and delightful cut paper images," wrote PW in a starred review. Ages 3-7. (Oct.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Sturges's (Bridges Are to Cross) retelling of "The Little Red Hen" exudes charm, thanks to conversational narration and Walrod's (Horace and Morris But Mostly Dolores) delightful cut-paper images. One day, the feathered heroine, assembled from russet, fibrous paper stock and wearing a teal scarf, has a hankering for pizza and attempts to recruit the help of her neighbors--a yellow duck in a flowered swim cap, a cardboard-brown dog sporting a biscuits box and party hat and a hip blue cat with a beret and sax. But Sturges's modern fowl, rather than drafting helpers to harvest wheat, asks, "Who'll run to the store and get me some flour?" They reply with the classic, " `Not I,' said the duck. `Not I,' said the cat. `Not I,' said the dog. `Very well, then, I'll fetch some myself,' said the Little Red Hen." After repeating this ritual several times, the hen prepares her masterpiece solo. Time-lapse sequences show her kneading dough, grating cheese and slicing pepperoni. She holds no grudges against the duck, cat and dog, who share the meal, and all ends happily when the three volunteer to wash the dishes. Sturges makes the most of the repetitive formula and the hen's impulsiveness; each time the hen struts to the market for one thing, she can't resist buying "...some other stuff." Walrod's collages make cutting and pasting look like a breeze. She invents tidy packages for each miniature store-bought item and uses an abundance of textured paper stock for her fluent images. Her pizza pie really does look good enough to eat. Ages 3-7. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
K-Gr 3-A funky rendition of the classic tale. Hen, having decided to make a pizza, discovers that she lacks certain necessities, such as a proper pan. "`Cluck,' she said. `I need a pizza pan.'" When she asks her neighbors to help her out, she gets the expected response: "Not I," said the duck donning her swim cap and tube. "Not I," said the dog wearing a box of dog biscuits and a party hat. "Not I," said the hep blue cat playing the saxophone. So off the Little Red Hen goes to the store to buy the things she needs-along with others she surely does not need, such as a guide to sink installation. When she finally gets her pizza made, the three unaccommodating friends change their tune. The plot takes two nifty twists at the end-and this Little Red Hen is not quite as punitive as in the original story. There's a keen sense of the absurd here, and the hilarious cut-paper illustrations are right in tune with the zany plot. This version can be pored over again and again as much can escape the eye the first time around. It is aimed at an older audience than Alan Garner's The Little Red Hen (DK Ink, 1997). Children who appreciate the humor of Jon Scieszka's The True Story of the Three Little Pigs (Viking, 1989) will fall under this book's spell as well. Destined to be quite the crowd pleaser.-Anne Chapman Callaghan, Racine Public Library, WI Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
In the best refashioning of a classic folktale since Eugene Trivizas's Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig (1993), Sturges hilariously extends and modernizes the original. Little Red Hen can't even begin to satisfy her sudden yen for pizza until she's visited the hardware store (for a pan), the supermarket, and the deli (for mozzarella and a few other ingredients). Does she get any help with her many errands and hard work? "Not I." "Not I." "Not I." Walrod's stunningly inventive paper collages will draw gasps and chortles with every turn of the page; each carton, label, cold cut and anchovy is limned with crisp precision, as are the hen's unhelpful neighbors—a pop-eyed dog, a duck in a swimsuit, and a blue hep cat with a beret and saxophone. Since Hen's "lovely little pizza" comes out of the oven lovely, but not little, she invites her friends in, and after the feast, who will help with the dirty dishes? "I will." "I will." "I will."(Picture book/folklore. 5-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780142301890
  • Publisher: Penguin Young Readers Group
  • Publication date: 11/28/2002
  • Series: Picture Puffin Series
  • Edition description: REPRINT
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 81,441
  • Age range: 3 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 10.02 (w) x 10.02 (h) x 0.12 (d)

Meet the Author


Philemon Sturges, an architect, is the author of Sacred Places, illustrated by Giles Laroche. He lives in Princeton, Massachusetts.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 18, 2013

    A delicious update of a classic

    We LOVE LOVE LOVE this book in our house. My almost 3 year old requests it often. Pictures are mixed media creations with many wonderful details. The story is great on its own or as a "continuation" of the original. My daughter even says "Mommy forgets things like the little red hen!"

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  • Posted August 27, 2012

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    *A nice new twist on a classic story. *Sounds so yummy you and y

    *A nice new twist on a classic story. *Sounds so yummy you and your
    young reader might want to make a home-prepared pizza as well.

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  • Posted August 25, 2011

    Great for Economics with elementary students!

    My third grade enjoyed the wants and needs part of this story. We also looked for the productive resources that the Little Red Hen used. They got it!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2007

    The Liberal Point of view

    A classic story with a liberalism point of view. You've got more than you need, so share with the lazy ones.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 16, 2001

    Best New Book this School Year

    As a pre school (3-5 year old, special needs and typically developing children) teacher, I couldn't read this book enough times to my class! The children requested it whenever asked to select a story for Circle/Story time. The children loved to help read the book. We had previously read the traditional LITTLE RED HEN and made bread. Of course, we had to make pizza. The book is also very amusing to adults. I never tired of reading it,

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