From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2–In this rhyming version of the workhorse story, a black-and-white kitten, corgi pup, and shiny-eyed mouse are the reluctant friends of Little Red Hen, who seems to wink conspiratorially at readers, as if to say, Here we go again! While cat is distracted by a yarn ball, dog wrestles with a blue blanket, and mouse surveys a sort of scrapbook of mice of many lands (complete with tags in German, Korean, Hebrew, and French, among other languages), Hen goes about her business, planting, cutting, grinding, and baking all by herself. But here, unlike most accounts, there's a twist: the lazy animals learn their lesson and are given a chance to redeem themselves: For after all is said and done, working together makes working fun. The rhyme scheme's a bit bumpy at times and will require skilled reading aloud, but Gaber's bold acrylic artwork and varied use of space–from full-bleed paintings to small, egg-shaped cameo vignettes–and the infectious, familiar refrain of Not I, and, in this telling, My, my… make this an appealing storytime and readers'-theater selection.–Kathy Krasniewicz, Perrot Library, Old Greenwich, CT
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