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The Little Red Hen Hardcover – May 18, 2006


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Product Details

  • Age Range: 4 and up
  • Grade Level: Preschool and up
  • Lexile Measure: 620L (What's this?)
  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Dial; First Edition edition (May 18, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0803729359
  • ISBN-13: 978-0803729353
  • Product Dimensions: 10.9 x 0.4 x 10.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #162,377 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

PreSchool-Grade 4 Important lessons of work ethics, initiative, and natural consequence are delivered in the latest addition to what might be considered the Pinkney classic bookshelf a lush, light-filled rendition of a folktale staple. The colorful, feather-full frontispiece features a full-page portrait of the heroine herself, wordlessly inviting children to turn the page with a cunningly crooked wing. You know the story; in this version, the jaunty, straw-hat-wearing Red Hen pops against golden, sun-bleached, full-bleed backgrounds. Her stunning farmyard neighbors dwarf her, emphasizing her stature (both physical and social). But a single mom's got to do what she's got to do to put bread on the table, and so she asks for assistance. She's a smart old bird: she flatters each animal as she appeals to him to use his particular skill (the dog is a fine digger; the rat, a champion chopper; the goat would be great at pulling; and the pig, well, at pigging) to help. Still, she's met with that familiar refrain Not I. There's a lot of heart in the details here: Pinkney puts in a self-portrait appearance as hard-working Mr. Miller, and the passage of time is subtly marked by the growth of the hen's five chicks, who begin as balls of yellow fluff and are markedly bigger by story's end. The animal's names appear in color-coded font (red for the hen, brown for the dog, etc.), making it extra-easy even for pre-readers to chime in, and the glorious, generous paintings are a real gift. Oh joy of joys! Kathy Krasniewicz, Perrot Library, Old Greenwich, CT
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From Booklist

PreS-K. The familiar story of the hen unable to get help receives the full Pinkney visual treatment here: meticulously crafted watercolors depicting a cast of unique characters. However, unlike Pinkney's Caldecott Honor Book, Noah's Ark (2002), this story doesn't offer much opportunity for action scenes. Consequently, the spreads are a bit static, focusing on the rat, the goat, the pig, and the dog who refuse to help Hen make the bread but are perfectly willing to share the finished product. The hen appears on the cover, red as an autumn leaf and decked out in a shawl and a hat, but the other animals are truer to their mangy, dirty natures (you can almost smell the goat). The miller who grinds the flour and gives the hen some jam is a nice touch; in fact, he looks a lot like Pinkney. Perfect for reading aloud, this picture book will be a solid addition to the folklore shelves. Ilene Cooper
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I love this story and this book is a keeper.
Linda olson
When you add Jerry Pinkney's wonderful drawings it just enhances the story.
CAS
We can always use a values lesson on laziness!
Mrs. Cris Thompson

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By WDH on March 8, 2007
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Everyone said this is a childs book. I believe its a teenager book. Teenagers think they should get everything and do nothing. After an incident with one of my teenagers I got this book and the understanding of how life works in the book made sense to my teenager.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Shanna A. Gonzalez on September 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
The Little Red Hen is a tale beloved by generations of children for its pleasing repetition, its humor, and its unsubtle moral at the end. A red hen finds some wheat kernels and, in the face of her friends' refusal to assist, successfully plants it, harvests its crop, takes the wheat to the miller to be ground, and bakes it into bread. Then, when all her lazy friends invite themselves to partake, she eats it herself, thus illustrating (perhaps not very graciously) the lesson of 2 Thessalonians 3:10 that those who do not work should not partake of the benefits of others' work.

Jerry Pinkney has interpreted this old story with extravagant watercolors, fully of careful detail and narrated with cheerful and humorous text. There is even a delightful self-portrait of the artist as the miller, with his paints and sketches tucked away in the corner as he turns from the mill to hand the little red hen her flour. This story is sure to be enjoyed by a preschool and elementary school audience.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Myrna R. Cruse on July 10, 2006
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Wonderful illustrations to an old story with a new twist ending!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By J. M. Baker on September 29, 2007
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The illustrations in this version of the classic children's story are fabulous! The story takes on even more dimensions without losing it's fun and sometimes predictable text that makes it fun for all teachers and parents to share with children.
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By Teacher! Teacher! on October 2, 2014
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I love this book not only because of the values the story teaches, but also because of the beautiful illustrations. Mr. Pinkney's art is wonderful. The wimsical details (bugs in the grass, etc) and the way he uses line and color to make the animals seem textured and more real are awesome. Mr. Miller kind of looks like Mr. Pinkney which I like to point out to my students. I've used it pre-K through grade 3, but I bet I could use it with older students as well.
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This is a cute old story, and I got this book for a very good friend who is quite self-reliant.
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By Mimi on October 5, 2013
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I love the illustrations by Jerry Pickney!! I will use the book in my primary music classes when teaching the song "Who Will Plant the Wheat?"
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Jerry Pinkney is the master of illustrations. He could illustrate my grocery list and win a Caldecott Honor.

This is a wonderful version of the Little Red Hen, with fun farmyard friends and accoutrements (goat cart, rat-tail sickle, a little hen-kerchief.) All the original tale, fabulous illustrations. Highly recommend!
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