A Chicago Public Library Best Book of the Year
* "The Little Red Hen gets an appealing girl-power update...Young makers of all genders will be inspired." --The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books, starred review
Ruby's mind is always full of ideas.
One day, she finds some old boards and decides to build something. She invites her brothers to help, but they just laugh and tell her she doesn't know how to build.
"Then I'll learn," she says.
And she does!
When she creates a dazzling fort that they all want to play in, it is Ruby who has the last laugh.
With sprightly text and winsome pictures, this modern spin on the timeless favorite The Little Red Hen celebrates the pluck and ingenuity of young creators everywhere!
|Product dimensions:||8.25(w) x 11.50(h) x (d)|
|Age Range:||4 - 8 Years|
About the Author
Brenda Maier is a member of The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators and a teacher in a large, suburban school district. When she isn't writing, she enjoys traveling with her family, baking peanut-free cookies, and watching her five children build amazing creations from found materials. She lives near Tulsa, Oklahoma, where she is surrounded by piles of laundry and even bigger piles of books. The Little Red Fort is her debut picture book.
Sonia Sánchez paints with both traditional and digital brushes, using layers of texture in her work to evoke emotion and movement. Her debut picture book Here I Am by Patti Kim received two starred reviews and was nominated for an Eisner Award. Sonia lives with her husband and son and a sleepyhead cat in a blue house near the Mediterranean Sea on the eastern coast of Spain.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
The Little Red Fort based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
The Little Red Fort is a great STEM book that depicts a little girl, her mom, and even her grandmother building! So clever! My girl enjoyed this tale very much and has asked to read it over and over.
This excellent update to a classic fable features diverse characters, capable females, and real-world children. Spunky and entertaining, this STEM/STEAM version will inspire kids to take their ideas from the planning stages through the final touches. The rhythmic text, closely reflecting the original, invites kids to participate, making the read-aloud interactive and fun. The illustrations, the text, even the font are interesting, engaging, and joyful.
The Little Red Hen becomes an able, ambitious little sister in Maier’s THE LITTLE RED FORT. Young Ruby wants to build a backyard fort, but her brothers refuse to help. When they say “You don’t know how to build anything,” Ruby shrugs and responds “Then I’ll learn.” She forges ahead with drafting plans, gathering supplies and cutting boards. Along the way she is skillfully assisted by the adults in the family (parents and a grandmother!) Once the fort is finished, Ruby is satisfied with some peaceful solo playtime until her brothers express an interest in her awesome project. Will they find a way to make it up to Ruby after scorning her efforts? The clever twist ending is modern, engaging and satisfying for all. Sanchez puts bold colors and loose, sketchy lines to vibrant use, portraying pig-tailed Ruby with determination and enthusiasm. The large, textured images are well-matched to Maier’s subtle patterned prose, echoing the traditional text in format and expanding the storyline to contemporary sensibilities. Determination, cooperation and creativity are powerful themes woven into the story with care while simple childhood fun and warm family life will be foremost in readers’ minds.
This is such a fun retelling of The Little Red Hen. Ruby wants to build a fort and asks her brothers for help (drawing up plans, gathering supplies...) but they always refuse. So she does it herself! (Her parents take part in helping her along the way which is evident by the illustrations, and I loved this.) The boys were hysterical. They were always too busy eating watermelon, hanging from the fence, bowling in the street... all their different laze-around activities added such a fun layer to the book. The loose, sketchy illustration style brings so much movement onto the pages. And the ending...an awesome twist to the ending of the classic.
Clever twist on the Little Red Hen incorporating so many great themes--siblings, persistence, fort-building. This book is a great read aloud with a super fun rhyming refrain and repeat language. I loved how the illustrations add to the story and I cheered for Ruby the whole way through. I also enjoyed how her brothers came around for a thoroughly satisfying and sweet ending.
A charming story that takes a slightly dated fairy tale with a selfish ending and turns it on its head. Making it relevant to today's kids, while maintaining the underlying message and giving the ending a boost of cooperation. The basic premise of The Little Red Hen fairy tale - if you don't do the work, you don't get the reward - remains. However, this version tweaks the traditional ending in a fun and satisfying way. The large, brightly colored images portray the entire family's enthusiasm for life and individual creativity. This is a wonderful book for celebrating determination, self-sufficiency, ingenuity, cooperation, and girl power.