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The Little Red Hen (Little Golden Book) Hardcover – February 1, 2001

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Beloved illustrator J. P. Miller?s graphic, colorful farm animals seem to jump right off the page?but they aren?t jumping to help the Little Red Hen plant her wheat! Young children will learn a valuable lesson about teamwork from this funny, favorite folktale. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

J.P. MILLER (1913-2001) illustrated many Golden Book titles from the 1940s through the 1970s, some written by Margaret Wise Brown and Edith Kunhardt. Before becoming a children's book illustrator, Miller had worked in the Walt Disney Studio's elite Character Modeling Department, creating characters (such as the dwarf Dopey) for Disney's first feature film, Snow White. He later designed the character of the toy maker Geppetto for Pinocchio.
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Product Details

  • Age Range: 3 - 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool - 2
  • Series: Little Golden Book
  • Hardcover: 24 pages
  • Publisher: Golden Books; English Language edition (February 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307960307
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307960306
  • Product Dimensions: 6.6 x 0.2 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (287 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,035 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Format: Hardcover
I wish that every little child could read this charming book with its simple yet powerful message: "If you do all the work, you get to eat the bread." If more politicians had read this as children, we would be in better shape!
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By A Customer on December 27, 2001
Format: Hardcover
I was looking through some old Little Golden books looking to see if we had any that my niece might like and I came across The Little Red Hen and I remember really liking this cute book when I was little and it being one of my favorite Little Golden Books it has nice pictures and is very simple and easy to read and perfect for a child just learning how to read.
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I read this Little Golden Book as a kindergartner and enjoyed having it read to me by adults as well as reading it to myself. It's a good moral, of course: the Red Hen does all the work, and even though she asks all the other farm animals for help, they aren't interested in pitching in, but they're certainly shamelessly interested in eating her goodies. I was always taught uncritically that sharing is a virtue, and had already begun experiencing the selfishness and self-centeredness of my peers at that early age, so it was nice to see a character who felt no obligation to give of herself after everybody spurned her, and to see her enjoying the fruits of her labor without the story casting her as selfish for wanting to exclude the other animals.
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Hooray for the little red hen!
She teaches a fine moral, or work-ethic.
She does so in an enjoyable, repetitive way.
An imaginative reader can add animal noises, and suitable character voices for the lazy creatures who will NOT help, but who, like J. Wellington Wimpy, would gladly eat ... Great fun to read to young children!!
This is a classic, of course.

Let me add two comments.
First, maybe 100 years ago, versions of this story were used as reading primers.
If it worked then, it may work now.

Second, this is NOT the original version that Little Golden Books issued in the late 1940s.
Certainly the J.P. Miller pictures are delightful.
But so were the originals.
I do not have my childhood copy at hand to check, but Leonard Marcus's superb exploration of LBs, "Golden Legacy", p 52) lists, with cover art, the FIRST TWELVE LGBs, including, "The Little Red Hen", illustrated by Rudolf Freund, who also illustrated the first version of "The Animals of Farmer Jones", later a Tibor Gergely classic!
Why can't we have both versions?
Ditto for the early and later versions of "The New Baby", by the early Eloise Wilkin and the later Eloise Wilkin.
John Gough -- jagough49@gmail.com
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A Kid's Review on April 25, 2006
Format: Hardcover
This very cheerful story shows the childern that if they don't work they will not be able to reap the rewards. It is about a hen who finds a grain of wheat. She wants to grow the wheat but no one will help her, so she decides to do it all herself. the pictures are also very colorful and detailed. Everytime is see the pictures I see something new. this book is a must for young children because it teaches them responsability, and to do there share of the work. I really enjoyed this book and im sure your children will to.

By Grant (who rulz!!!!)
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This is a good classic book for kids. My 3 year old son liked me reading it to him. The quality of the book is good as it's hard cover but be careful as mine was stiff at first and gave me a papercut. It is a Great book though.
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Remembering how I loved this book as a child, I purchased immediately for my friend's little boy A wonderful story for children, teaching them the importance of working for what you want, the message is clear and presented on a level children will understand and appreciate. If you don't do what is needed, than you cannot reap the reward. The illustrations are lovely, and after I read it to him, I turned on the TV for his favorite show, and low and behold, Super Y on Sprout was doing this very story! Proves the classics never go out of style!
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By E. Ervin on February 16, 2015
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I have to buy golden books for the little people in my life. This is one of my most favorite stories and I don't know any child that did not like the little red hen. It teaches a good lesson as well so that is a plus for your money. It is just a very nice book for a little person to enjoy.
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