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The Little Red Hen

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Caldecott Medal winner Jerry Pinkney enlivens the beloved fable with cheerful and classically beautiful illustrations, making this the ideal edition for every child’s library.

As he did with his Caldecott-winning The Lion and the Mouse, Jerry Pinkney has masterfully adapted this story of the hardworking hen and her lazy neighbors. Its Golden Rule message and sassy finale...more
Hardcover, 32 pages
Published May 18th 2006 by Dial Books for Young Readers
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Shanna Gonzalez
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...more
Maria Cloutier
Growing up I remember my mom reading The Little Red Hen to me and I always loved this book. The version I read for this assignment was by, Jerry Pinkney and it is a different version than the one I had originally heard growing up. This version seemed to have been condensed more. It seems as though it is a book that might be good for beginning readers because, the vocabulary is not difficult. Also Pinkney uses colors for some words, for example little red hen is in red letters and the thin gray r...more
Jerry Pinkney's old-time setting for the classic morality tale, with the realistically drawn animals in partial clothing, was a graceful retelling of the story, faithful to the original plot but without malice.

I admit that I especially like sharing Jerry Pinckney's work with my son because so few of his books in which humans appear have people of color in them (in this one, the miller to whom the hen brings her wheat is African-American, and *he* gives the hen a small pot of jam, too.) But that...more
The Little Red Hen by Jerry Pinkney is the classic story of the hardworking hen and her lazy neighbors, with a Golden Rule message and a sassy ending. This version is warm, slyly funny, cheerful, and classically beautiful.

The little red hen's neighbors are a short brown dog, a thin gray rat, a tall black goat, and a round pink pig. As the little red hen goes about her work of growing wheat to be made into bread, she asks her neighbors for help. Even though each animal has a skill that could hel...more
Suzanne Gust
This was another folk-tale that I had heard before, but decided to pick up and read again. When the little red hen is out in search of her morning breakfast, she finds some seeds of wheat. The little hen asks her friends for help planting, harvesting, milling, and eventually baking seeds into delicious bread. However, none of her completely capable friends are willing to help. The hen ends up doing all of the hard work on her own and in the end all of her friends expect to reap the benefits. The...more
Genre: Fantasy

Review: Publishers Weekly
Caldecott Honor artist Pinkney puts a sprightly spin on this classic tale with resplendent artwork that comically conveys the title character's energy-and her barnyard colleagues' sloth. The little red hen bids a cheerful "Good morning!" to a smiling sun in the luminous opening spread, in which even the garden flowers and fence slats have faces. Kids will gleefully chime in as the lazy animals, rendered realistically at close range, reiterate the familiar "...more
Ellie Schwartz
Illustrator of more than 100 picture books and winner of five Caldecott medals, Jerry Pinkney knows how to invigorate a classic story with expressive, detailed, and beautiful illustrations. The Little Red Hen, a favorite story from my childhood, teaches us a lesson about teamwork and economics. The rhythm of the verse and repetition of the responses tone down the spiteful, yet justified, response of the hen. Readers identify and root for her. The image of the hen and her chicks eating the bread...more
Kellee Hao
If you're looking for a book to talk to your students and/or children about responsibility and dependability then this is the right book for it! After reading this book, as a teacher, you can discuss about what happened in the story that showed how dependable one animal is and how undependable the others are. The Little Red Hen also demonstrates how kind the red hen is while asking others for help, and when help was not given, she continued to try her best to complete the task. As a teacher, you...more
Jordan Cummings
I enjoyed this book very much. It told the story of a hen who wanted to grow wheat in order to make bread. She asked all her other animal friends if they could help her and they all refused every time she asked for help. The hen worked hard at planting the wheat and harvesting it to be baked for bread. When it came time to eat it….Well I won’t give the ending away, but let’s just say that her own hard work paid off (for herself!). I liked this book because it showed the importance of helping oth...more
Megan Willis
Jerry Pinkney has written and illustrated a heart-warming rendition of the classic tale, The Little Red Hen. The Little Red Hen works hard to make her bread, and her friends refuse to help. They are too lazy. Hen continues to ask for help, and they refuse. At the end of the story, the same friends who refused to help her do the work to make the bread ask her to share the bread with them. Rightly so, she refuses. This story teaches the lesson that hard work pays off, and laziness does not get you...more
Children can learn about the processes that are necessary for food to go from being grown in the ground, to ready to eat on the table. This version of the story differs from the original Little Red Hen since the hen in this tale has three baby chicks. After finding seeds, the hen goes through the process of planting, cutting, threshing, grinding, and baking to make bread. All the while, her friends duck, cat, and pig refuse to help with the work. By the end of the story, the three animals are mo...more
"The Little Red Hen" tells the story of a hen who works hard to make bread and asks for help from her friends along the way. Her friends refuse to help as the hen continues to work diligently. When the bread has finally been baked and is ready to eat, guess who decides to ask the hen if she needs help then? Her lazy friends! Will the hen give them a second chance or will she teach them all a lesson? This book provides a lot of repetitive parts which can engage young readers to repeat the phrases...more
I have read other reviews that discuss how this story would be useful in readers theater or in a drams club, which doesn't seem like a bad idea. I remember being read this folk-tale in first grade and I loved it then. Children need to learn about folk-tales and see if they can make connections with the underlying message. K-5
For older children, there needs to be more depth added in the lesson using it. For example, using it as an introduction before they begin their own writing. Perhaps with the...more
With glorious, breathtaking illustrations The Little Red Hen by Jerry Pinkney is a favorite folktale told in a simply wondrous format. The little red hen finds some seeds and asks all her barnyard friends to help her plant, cut, and thrash them, with no luck. She then asks for one of them to help her take them to the mill, and, finally, bake the bread. They all refuse. But, when the mouth-watering aroma escapes from her oven, all her barnyard friends want to sample her hard work. A lesson in gro...more
Katelyn Lopez
The Little Red Hen is a very simple yet meaningful folk tale. It is about a little red hen who is trying to make some food to feed her babies. She finds wheat seeds and returns to the barnyard and asks her animal friends if any of them will help her make them. None of her friends helped her, so the hen had to do it all on her own. When the loaf of bread was finally done cooking, the tasty aroma of it filled her animal friend's noses and they all asked to have some. The little red hen told them s...more
Mckenna Herpel
The Little Red Hen is about a hen who finds some wheat seeds. The other animals on the farm frustrate the hen, no will help her, and she makes bread. What I like most about this book is the lesson that this book teaches. Children need to learn at a young age that they must help others if they all want to enjoy something. I also like the way the author used descriptive words such as: round pink pig. The illustrations in this book are done with colorful. It makes it look as though the book is old...more
Author: Jerry Pinkney

Title: The Little Red Hen

Publication date: May 18, 2006

Annotation: The Little Red Hen is forced to do all of the work of baking bread and the animals learn a bitter lesson from not wanting to help with this task.

Themes: working together, good vs. bad work ethic

Ways to use the book with children:

Discuss why the characters that did not help make the bread were not rewarded with something to eat.

This book could definitely be adapted to a reader's theater script for students to...more
I really liked this book. It was a classic retelling of a well-known tale that I once knew by heart but had long forgotten. It was so great to be able to read through the steps of planting, growing, and cutting the wheat with the hen to bake bread and so sad when the other animals stood by and did nothing. The illustrations really brought this story to life and the images matched what I always imagined. Jerry Pinkney did an excellent job of portraying the story with pictures so good they could t...more
Erika Graves
This is a very traditional version of the little red hen. The hen finds wheat seeds, but no one will help her plant, harvest, mill or bake, but they would like to eat the bread once all the work has been done. This book could be used to discuss fables and what they do for the reader. The students could talk about what lesson this book teaches the reader. I don't think that this book is any different than any other tradition versions of the story. I would neither recommend nor discourage other fr...more
Seher Patka
This book is a classic to share with your students and can be used for guided reading with in literature circles or small reading groups. "The Little Red Hen" is full of adjectives describing the animals. The book is about a hen that wants to make some bread. When she asks the other animals to help her, they all lazily reply "no". However, when the bread is ready to eat, all of the animals are ready to help her eat it. The hen is the only one that deserves to eat it because she did all the hard...more
Kathleen Ruff
THis is a great story that has been around for years and never gets old. It tells the story of a hard working hen and her lazy neighbors that dont want to help with the labor but yet want to share in the goods at the end. This is menatlity of people that we run into in life. Greaat book to read to kids about hard work and the fact that it always pays off, whether you have people helping you or not. It also is a great lesson on how you cant depend on everyone or call everyone your friend.
Michael Alumbaugh
The art in this book was very realistic. I think that Pinkney did a very good job in his attention to detail on all of the animals. I also like how the sun was always smiling doen on the little red hen on every page it was on. The author of the book used a lot of repition in the story, which makes it easier for younger children to read. I would use this story in a reading class for 1st to 3rd grades. The repition of the text will help the students in their quest to read.
This book can be used to teach students about sequencing of how to make a bread from the grains of wheat. I can also imply the characters into students to express their feelings about certain situation (e.g. How do you think the little red hen felt doing all of the work by herself? When all the animals wanted to eat the bread she had made?). This story will help students to learn about community, and they can also learn about how important it is to help others when they need it.
Enasia Lee
Apr 11, 2013 Enasia Lee added it
Shelves: friendship
This is a story about a hen who asks all his friends for help with simple chores. His friends refuse to help him. At the end of the story, the friends help the hen eat the bread, but they do not help get the ingredients. This story shows the value of friendship and fairness. Students can learn from other animals mistakes. For example, students should be helpful and fair to one another. This would be great for the beginning of the year to sex expectations for the rest of the year.
Adam Clavey
The Little Red Hen tells the story of how she found some seeds one day. She planted the seeds, treated the grain, ground it to flower, and baked the bread. None of her barnyard friends wanted to help in the process. In the end they smell the bread and want some. Little Red Hen gives them none because they didn't help. The barn yard animals learn that you don't get what you don't work for. This book would be good for preschool to first grade.
PreK-2nd Grade

Pinkney had a fun folklike illustrations in his book. The pages are filled with the little red hen in full details. The pages looks like they belong in a country home border and are fun to look at. The text is light and a funner version of the little red hen story. Children can relate to the story because of the hen being an animal.

Science (animals)

Lesson Idea: make own story of Little Red Hen
When it comes to a common folk tale or fable, how do you choose out of the dozens of titles? This was an easy choice for us for two reasons: 1)The illustrations are beautiful watercolors with lots of detail and lifelike characters. 2)I loved that my 3 year old could help 'read' the story since each time a character speaks, the words are the same color font as they are. My kids loved saying 'not I' right along with me.
Tywanna Robb
This story is all about a little red hen who is in the mood for making bread. She continues to ask her friends for help in the process of making the bread but they did not want to help. She finished making the bread all by herself, when he friends began to ask for some. She said no because they did not want to help her. This is a good story that displays problem solving and morals.
Picture Book

The folktale is given cheerful drawings and shared again with the world.

This is one of my favorite stories. I think it is great to show anyone who reads it that there are repercussions to your actions. Giving a cheerful and entertaining example of why it is good to help when someone asks can never be told too many times or too many ways.
Jul 13, 2014 Katie added it
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JERRY PINKNEY is one of children’s literature’s most time-honored artists. He has been illustrating children’s books for over 40 years and has more than 75 books to his credit. He has the rare distinction of being the recipient of five Caldecott Honor books and the winner of the Caldecott medal for The Lion and the Mouse. He has also won the Coretta Scott King Award five times, the Coretta Scott K...more
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