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The Red Hen Hardcover – October 26, 2010
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PreS-K–When Red Hen finds a recipe for “simply splendid cake,” she repeatedly asks the cat, the rat, and the frog for help gathering the ingredients; mixing the batter; and baking, icing, and decorating it. The cat and the rat provide the familiar “not I” response, but the frog croaks out a humorous “bribbit.” Fortunately, as the bright, bold illustrations reveal, four little black birds are more than happy to help Red Hen make and eat the cake. Set against white backgrounds, the zany characters, each with uniquely distinct eyes, pop off the pages. The recipe for the cake is appended. The short, simple text allows for instant audience participation and offers a satisfying lesson on cooperation and fairness. A perfect read-aloud for storytime, this is another fresh, fun twist on a well-loved folktale.Rachel Kamin, North Suburban Synagogue Beth El, Highland Park, IL
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This fowl follow-up to the Emberleys’ Chicken Little (2009) features minimal text and maximum brightness in its startling paper-cut collages. The firehouse-red hen finds a cake recipe (featured at the end of the book), but she can’t, of course, find anyone to help her make it. The animals may not be helpful, but they are lively, jumping all over the page. The three-tiered cake the red hen ends up decorating is a sight to behold, but she doesn’t behold it for long before setting her beak to work. The book is ideal for children who enjoy the concept of “just desserts.” Preschool-Kindergarten. --Abby Nolan
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Spoon in hand, Red Hen asked who would help mix up the cake. She smiled and they frowned and gave her the same "not I" answers as before. "All right then, I shall do it myself." She picked up her spoon and her birdie supervisors watched as she mixed up her ingredients. Once the cake was all mixed up she needed someone to help her bake the cake. The cat, the rat, and the frog were simply not interested with helping with that Simply Splendid Cake. Not one bit and once again refused to help. The cake went into the oven and out, but then needed to be frosted and decorated and Red Hen asked again for help. Not I." The Simply Splendid Cake was simply splendid, but who was going to help her eat it?
This hilariously zany tale of the Red Hen and her Simply Splendid Cake will give your little one a case of the giggles. This is a silly tale with a predictably silly, splendid ending that little ones will ask you to read time and time again. Of course everyone knows that a little work goes a long way in the baking department and if you aren't willing to help, why should you be able to get to taste the end result? The colorful, daffy artwork equally meshes perfectly with the tale and is delightfully delicious. The googly-eyed characters are quite silly looking and very appealing. In the back of the book is a recipe for Red Hen's Simply Splendid Cake, a recipe that little ones can assist with and eat ... only if they are willing to help. If you want a few splendid laughs you might just want to invite the Red Hen into your kitchen!
Funny little illustrations to go with this nice version of the familiar story. And a recipe for a splendid cake, too.
"'Now I have everything we need, who will help me mix the cake?' she said.
`Not I,' said the cat.
`Not I,' said the rat.
`Bribbit,' said the frog."