- Age Range: 3 and up
- Hardcover: 32 pages
- Publisher: Candlewick; 1st U.S. ed edition (March 2, 1992)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1564020088
- ISBN-13: 978-1564020086
- Product Dimensions: 0.2 x 10.2 x 9.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,122,649 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Cock Moused the Little Red Hen: A Traditional Tale Hardcover – March 2, 1992
From Publishers Weekly
Softly shaded colored-pencil illustrations highlight this familiar tale of virtue rewarded, in which a resourceful red hen saves the day when a "bold bad fox and four bad little foxes" plot to hijack her and her housemates onto their dinner table. Their capture is the climax to a day gone wrong from the start, when the lazy mouse and quarrelsome cock got up on the wrong side of the bed. The little red hen cheerfully ignores their bad tempers and tends to the chores, but when their carelessness results in captivity, it's her quick thinking that helps them outfox the fox--and bestow on him a fitting end that youngsters will find highly satisfying. Percy's sprightly retelling bustles along as briskly as the red hen herself, and his cozy artistic style dovetails neatly with the tidy, pastoral world of fables. Ages 3-up.
Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From School Library Journal
PreSchool-Grade 2-- A newly illustrated version of the folktale with a standard text, stylized colored-pencil drawings that emphasize form, and pleasingly varied page design. A double-page spread of the hungry fox leaping into the trio's house is especially effective. The lazy mouse is particularly well done and is visually the most expressive and comic of the characters. One jarring note, however, is that although the animals are dressed in country peasant garb and most domestic scenes are depicted with ``long-ago'' rustic trappings, the living room has contemporary furniture. Lorinda Bryan Cauley's version (Putnam, 1982) is less stylized; her interpretation emphasizes movement, texture, and patterns. Large folktale collections may want to consider both. --Linda Wicher, Highland Park Public Library, IL
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.