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Lady characters not defaulting to serving lazy jerks!
on February 11, 2014
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.