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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on December 27, 2001
I was looking through some old Little Golden books looking to see if we had any that my niece might like and I came across The Little Red Hen and I remember really liking this cute book when I was little and it being one of my favorite Little Golden Books it has nice pictures and is very simple and easy to read and perfect for a child just learning how to read.
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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
on November 12, 2010
I wish that every little child could read this charming book with its simple yet powerful message: "If you do all the work, you get to eat the bread." If more politicians had read this as children, we would be in better shape!
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Hooray for the little red hen!
She teaches a fine moral, or work-ethic.
She does so in an enjoyable, repetitive way.
An imaginative reader can add animal noises, and suitable character voices for the lazy creatures who will NOT help, but who, like J. Wellington Wimpy, would gladly eat ... Great fun to read to young children!!
This is a classic, of course.

Let me add two comments.
First, maybe 100 years ago, versions of this story were used as reading primers.
If it worked then, it may work now.

Second, this is NOT the original version that Little Golden Books issued in the late 1940s.
Certainly the J.P. Miller pictures are delightful.
But so were the originals.
I do not have my childhood copy at hand to check, but Leonard Marcus's superb exploration of LBs, "Golden Legacy", p 52) lists, with cover art, the FIRST TWELVE LGBs, including, "The Little Red Hen", illustrated by Rudolf Freund, who also illustrated the first version of "The Animals of Farmer Jones", later a Tibor Gergely classic!
Why can't we have both versions?
Ditto for the early and later versions of "The New Baby", by the early Eloise Wilkin and the later Eloise Wilkin.
John Gough -- jagough49@gmail.com
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful
on April 25, 2006
This very cheerful story shows the childern that if they don't work they will not be able to reap the rewards. It is about a hen who finds a grain of wheat. She wants to grow the wheat but no one will help her, so she decides to do it all herself. the pictures are also very colorful and detailed. Everytime is see the pictures I see something new. this book is a must for young children because it teaches them responsability, and to do there share of the work. I really enjoyed this book and im sure your children will to.

By Grant (who rulz!!!!)
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on March 31, 2008
Growing up my mom read this to me and my brother. I had forgotten how much I loved this story until we unearthed this book for my sons. Now they love it too! They loved it so much that I am forced to order another copy because my copy is worn out!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on August 21, 2011
This is a great classic book that teaches all ages a great moral lesson of great value. It is actually my favorite of all the Little Golden Books!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 12, 2014
I read this Little Golden Book as a kindergartner and enjoyed having it read to me by adults as well as reading it to myself. It's a good moral, of course: the Red Hen does all the work, and even though she asks all the other farm animals for help, they aren't interested in pitching in, but they're certainly shamelessly interested in eating her goodies. I was always taught uncritically that sharing is a virtue, and had already begun experiencing the selfishness and self-centeredness of my peers at that early age, so it was nice to see a character who felt no obligation to give of herself after everybody spurned her, and to see her enjoying the fruits of her labor without the story casting her as selfish for wanting to exclude the other animals.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on February 27, 2006
What a wondeful story about the values of sharing, working and team work! This story was one from my childhood. The lessons one can learn from it apply even more today than they did 50 years ago! This story and Little Butterball (which is no longer in print but should be)are timeless. Enjoy it with your child(ren) today!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 30, 2010
I love all Little Golden Books, especially the classics. I remember having this read to me when I was younger, and I was glad I was still able to buy it so I could read it to my child. This is a great story which goes along with great memories!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on February 21, 2015
This is a good classic book for kids. My 3 year old son liked me reading it to him. The quality of the book is good as it's hard cover but be careful as mine was stiff at first and gave me a papercut. It is a Great book though.
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