Out of the Egg

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You think you know the tale of the Little Red Hen. You think you know how it ends. But in this story everything changes when the hard-working Red Hen lays a perfect white egg. And out of this egg comes a chick with a mind of her own . . .

Here is a beautiful book with fantastic woodcut prints and lyrical text that turns the tale of the Little Red Hen upside down. In classic fashion, it is the noble Red Hen who does all the work, but Red Hen?s chick, in an arresting and charming ...

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Overview

You think you know the tale of the Little Red Hen. You think you know how it ends. But in this story everything changes when the hard-working Red Hen lays a perfect white egg. And out of this egg comes a chick with a mind of her own . . .

Here is a beautiful book with fantastic woodcut prints and lyrical text that turns the tale of the Little Red Hen upside down. In classic fashion, it is the noble Red Hen who does all the work, but Red Hen’s chick, in an arresting and charming manner, chooses not to follow her mother’s tradition of exclusivity.

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Editorial Reviews

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"Little Red Hen" repurposed. This gritty, sharply graphic woodcut version of the time-honored tale sets our feathered friend and her slothful sidekicks squarely in the present. . . . Matthew's hand-painted Japanese woodblock illustrations, black and white and red all over—with, of course, an important touch of green—are striking editorial panoramas that give readers a sense of the tension (and the undeniable connection) between city and country, between environmentalism and careless consumerism, and between egotism and the greater good.
School Library Journal

Offers unusual visual impact, as well as a gentle suggestion that children are not culpable for the sins of their parents. . . . Opening scenes of a junk-strewn industrial wasteland that is transformed by the end into grassy, rolling hills add an environmental subtext to this seemingly simple yet multilayered import.
Kirkus Reviews

The elegance of the artistic style, with its delicate patterning and austere outlines, provides amusing contrast in the depictions of the going-to-pot mammals and attractive scenes of the industrious hen. Young listeners may enjoy comparing this to the original and discussing the difference, or they may just appreciate a story about somebody who decided that lightening up and sharing unilaterally made for a better life.
Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

The telling is spare and sprightly, and the story is all on the side of the young. The small, square trim size tidily frames black woodcut prints accented with red for the hen and green for her tree; the modest, prim tone is made mischievous by such details as the sight of Greedy Pig too busy vegging out in front of his flat screen TV to help a friend in need.
Horn Book

With spare, lyrical text and art, the author transforms a classic into a tale for our times.
New York Post

Children's Literature - Ken Marantz
The Red Hen in this version of the traditional tale finds a green seed. Neither Fat Cat, nor Dirty Dog, nor Greedy Pig will help with the planting, or the watering, or the weeding, or the sheltering of the growing tree. "Not I," is the repeated refrain. Meanwhile, one spring, under the now large tree, this Red Hen lays a perfect white egg, from which hatches a small red chick. When a little cat, rat, and pig come to ask the Red Hen if they can play under the tree, she turns them away. But her chick says that is "MEAN," so she lets her chick ask them in. After they play together, the Red Hen sends each visitor home with a green seed and her obvious hopes for a better younger generation. The story unfolds on double pages using woodblock prints for the characters and settings. The deep black is brightened with touches of red for the hens and occasional greens. The lazy trio is shown hanging around in a cityscape strewn with garbage, while Red Hen lives in a tidy countryside. Scenes suggest rather than specify, so there is considerable white space; the reader has room to speculate about the moral while appreciating the often unusual esthetic design. Don't miss the end-papers, jacket, and cover.
School Library Journal

K-Gr 3
"Little Red Hen" repurposed. This gritty, sharply graphic woodcut version of the time-honored tale sets our feathered friend and her slothful sidekicks squarely in the present. Lolling in a state-of-the-art media room, glued to an enormous TV, an indolent trio proffers predictable replies to Hen's entreaties for help with her work: "'Not I,' said the Fat Cat. 'Not I,' said the Dirty Rat. 'Not I,' said the Greedy Pig." So it's Hen who plants and waters and weeds her seed, which grows to be the sheltering tree under which her little red chick is born. When, in time, Mother Hen encounters a little cat, a little rat, and a little pig who ask, "Who will let us in to play under the tree?" her response is—you guessed it—"Not I!" Her chick, appalled at Mother's unkindness, calls her out and asks them in. At the end of the day, Hen sends the visitors home with green seeds of their very own. Matthews's hand-painted Japanese woodblock illustrations, black and white and red all over—with, of course, an important touch of green—are striking editorial panoramas that give readers a sense of the tension (and the undeniable connection) between city and country, between environmentalism and careless consumerism, and between egotism and the greater good.
—Kathy KrasniewiczCopyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

Kirkus Reviews
Illustrated with scarlet poultry that pops right out of the black-and-white woodcut illustrations, this variation on "Little Red Hen" offers unusual visual impact, as well as a gentle suggestion that children are not culpable for the sins of their parents. The Red Hen gets no help from Fat Cat, Dirty Rat or Greedy Pig in planting or tending the green seed she finds; years later, when a little cat, rat and pig ask her to let them play under the tree that has grown up, she responds, "Not I!" But, "Mum, that's MEAN!" exclaims her own chick, and proceeds to invite them over for a day of play. Opening scenes of a junk-strewn industrial wasteland that is transformed by the end into grassy, rolling hills add an environmental subtext to this seemingly simple yet multilayered import. (Picture book. 5-7)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780618737413
  • Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
  • Publication date: 3/6/2007
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 32
  • Sales rank: 571,832
  • Age range: 4 - 5 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.00 (w) x 8.00 (h) x 0.13 (d)

Meet the Author

Tina Matthews was born in Wellington, New Zealand, and over the years has worked as a puppet maker, a bass player, a teacher, and an artist and designer. She now lives with her family in Sydney, Australia, where she writes and illustrates books for children and plants green seeds whenever she can find them.www.ttinamatthews.com

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