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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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About the Author

HeatherForest, Author
HeatherForest's unique minstrel style of telling stories blends her original music,poetry, and prose along with song and the spoken word to give her stories anuncommon warmth.
HeatherForest's unique minstrel style of telling stories blends her original music,folk guitar, poetry, and prose along with song and the spoken word to give herstories an uncommon warmth and charm. She has toured widely performing herrepertoire of world folktales for the past thirty years to theatres, majorstorytelling festivals, schools and conferences throughout the world. Heather'sbooks have received many prestigious awards including the Children's ChoiceAward, Parent's Choice Award, CCBC Choices, ABC Best Books for Children, BestChildren's Books of the Year, Book Sense Winter Children's Picks, and theNational Parenting Publication Awards (NAPPA) among others. Heather iscurrently working on her tenth book with August House, a collection of ancientand epic tales.
Ms.Forest holds a Master's Degree in Storytelling and she is a recipient of theCircle of Excellence Award presented by the National Storytelling Network. Sheis also as is an adjunct professor of Oral Tradition in the Library ScienceDepartment at Southern Connecticut State University. Her many performancecredits include The Smithsonian Institute, Washington, D.C., The NationalStorytelling Festival, The Edinburgh Festival in Scotland, Tales of GrazFestival in Austria, the Sidmouth International Festival in England and theGlistening Waters Storytelling Festival in New Zealand.

Susan Gaber, Illustrator
Worked in watercolors, acrylics, or colored pencils, Susan Gaber's illustrations captivate the eye and are particularly well suited to mythic stories and folk tales.
Susan began her career working at Newsday as a free-lance illustrator for ten years. Her illustration work has appeared in numerous magazines and she has won many awards for her illustrations. She has illustrated over twenty children's picture books. Whether working in muted impressionistic tones, in more vibrant colors, or in a folksy, homespun medium, Susan Gaber has built an impressive list of illustration credits, and has garnered much critical acclaim for her work. Working in watercolors, acrylics, or colored pencils, Gaber's illustrations "captivate the eye," as Barbara Elleman noted in School Library Journal. At times her artistic contributions imbue stories with a folksy feel, while others impart a lushness and vividness of tone, sometimes gaining the feel of elegant fine-art reproductions. Several years ago Susan's original paintings used to illustrate The Little Red Hen were displayed in the main branch of the New York Public Library at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street to celebrate Children's Book Week. Her versatility is particularly well suited to mythic stories and folk tales such as The Baker's Dozen or Stone Soup, both written by Heather Forest. Susan currently lives with her family in Huntington, New York.


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 5 - 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten - 3
  • Lexile Measure: AD620L (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: #1,007,533 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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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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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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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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Fond memories shared with my grandchildren. A few words were different from my childhood but I just used my own wording. Excellent artwork. Good lesson in work ethic, as well.
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