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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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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: 620L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: August House (June 8, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0874837952
  • ISBN-13: 978-0874837957
  • Product Dimensions: 8.9 x 0.3 x 11.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #573,876 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Heather Forest weaves a spell with the magic of words. She is both an author of folktale books and a noted performing artist. Her minstrel style of storytelling is a fusion of original music, poetry and the sung and spoken word. She brings classic tales from the treasury of world folklore to life with elegance, wit, and the poet's touch. She has been featured at storytelling festivals, theaters and conferences both nationally and internationally. Her books have the storyteller's flair for the sound of the spoken word and are meant to be read out loud! www.heatherforest.com

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Good lesson in work ethic, as well.
Cathy Brinkley
This is a colorfully illustrated retelling of the classical children's story.
Harold McFarland
The colors are vibrant and stand out when it really matters.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By E. R. Bird HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on October 11, 2006
Format: Hardcover
Yeah yeah yeah. We all know the story. Hen does all the work then eats all the food. To be blunt with you, it's very difficult to read a Little Red Hen story without flashing back to Jon Scieszka's frantic fowl in "The Stinky Cheese Man". Sometimes, though, an author/illustrator team manages to hit all the right notes on a classic tale and a person's post-modern snarkiness is thrown out on its ear. You can keep your Paul Galdones. You can keep your Jerry Pinkneys. The Little Red Hen story I'm going to put my money on from here on in is by Heather Forest and Susan Gaber and devil take the consequences.

You've all heard the tale before so I'll just summarize it quickly here. In this version you have your Little Red Hen (who evokes hen-ness with every step) as well as a cat, a dog, and a mouse. She plants wheat, farms it, takes it to the mill, and bakes it into a cake. Does anyone else help? Nope. Every time she asks (and she gives them more than one chance, to be fair) they answer in the negative. Then she bakes a delicious you-can-smell-it-off-the-page chocolate cake and surprise surprise, suddenly she's everyone's best friend. But it's no cake for you, layabout critters. Having learned their lesson the other animals now help the hen when she asks them and cake is had by all.

Now I'm a fan of corgis. Call me a Queen Elizabeth wannabe, but I just think they're the sweetest looking breed of pup available on the market today. A few children's book illustrators have put their mark on that particular brand of doggie as well. It's hard to imagine anyone aside from Tasha Tudor including a corgi in a story, so credit Susan Gaber for her vision. Now, Gaber's thick paints in this story evoke a kind of early Americana classic look.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Harold McFarland HALL OF FAMEVINE VOICE on September 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This is a colorfully illustrated retelling of the classical children's story. When Little Red Hen finds some seeds nobody will help her plant, harvest, grind, or bake the wheat but everyone wants to help when it comes time to eat the cake. Beautifully illustrated in bright colors that will hold a child's interest, The Little Red Hen is a great early reading book and highly recommended.
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By Krystal Holt on March 18, 2013
Format: Kindle Edition
Good folk tale great for 2nd graders and above for a reading level. I really enjoyed it and recommend it to those with grade school children.
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My kids love this book and I really like the authors take on the story. I'm a music teacher so I really appreciate the rhyming scheme used, which also fosters early reading success. The art work is fantastic too! I am so glad I invested in this book, it will be a treasure for all my kids!
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