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The Little Red Hen (Folk Tale Classics Series)

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Galdone's dynamic, amusing pictures add much humor to the familiar tale of the industrious hen and lazy cat, dog, and mouse.
ebook, 48 pages
Published March 18th 1985 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) (first published 1973)
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Casey Mcguire
Main Characters: Hen, Cat, Dog, and Mouse
Setting: The setting takes place in the animals' cozy little house.

Grade/Interest Level: Primary
Reading Level: 510L
Genre: Traditional Literature


The Little Red Hen, written by Paul Galdone, is a story about four animals (Hen, Cat, Dog, and Mouse) living together in a cozy little house. Cat, Dog, and Mouse like to spend their days being lazy and sleeping, which causes Hen to do all of the work around the home. While gardening, Hen asks which of her
Sara Andrews
The old folktale “The Little Red Hen” serves at as a great teaching tool. It is about an ambitious little, red hen who wants to grow wheat and asks her friends to help her. “Not I,” said the cat. “Not I,” said the dog. “Not I,” said the mouse. The hen continues to do chores and ask for help. Her friends give her the same response: “Not I.” Finally, it is time to bake the bread from which she grew the wheat and milled the flour. Her friends still do not wish to help. Now it is time to eat and enj ...more
Alicia Ard
"The Little Red Hen" is a cute story about a house of animals that live together. The cat, dog, and mouse are all very lazy and leave all of the chores to be done by the little red hen. Chores included tending to the wheat in the garden, and that took many careful steps. Without help, the hen took care of the wheat until it grew full enough to be cut and milled into flour for a cake. She made the cake all by herself. When it was time to eat it, the other members of the house wanted to help her e ...more
Ashley Correll
This story is about a little red hen who lives with a dog, cat, and mouse who are extremely lazy and do absolutly nothing to help out hen around the house. Hen is treated like Cinderella. Throughout the story hen is preparing to make and bake a cake. when the cake is finally done suddenly dog, cat, and mouse want to eat it, even though didn't help. Hen said "since i made it by myself, then I'm gonna eat it all by myself." The others did not get one bite. In conclusion, Hen always had eager helpe ...more
What makes this version of the classic "Little Red Hen" tale so great are these wonderful illustrations. Everyone is familiar with the've got your animals who live together (the cat, dog, mouse and hen) and none of them are interested in doing any of the household chores except the hardworking hen. She toils away all day and then decides to teach them a lesson. While they nap and lounge, she makes a delicious cake (and takes from scratch to a whole new level!).

Surprise, surprise!
Tonya Nelson
Summary: This story is about The Little Red Hen, Cat, Dog, and Mouse. They live in a cozy little house where most of the characters spend being lazy and sleeping. Hen does all of the work and throughout the story asks her friends who will help her. “Not I” is the usual response as Hen continues to do all of the work by herself. At the end, she eats the cake she made all by herself because she had to do all of the work herself. Seeing Hen eat the cake all by herself helped the other characters se ...more
Tanya Bornstein
I love this book! The little red hen does all the work while the lazy animals just want to sleep. This book is great to teach children that is always better to help out. There is a great moral to this stort and I know your children will love it!

Paul Galdone:
In his mid-40s that he illustrated his first children's book.From 1951 until his death in 1986 at age 79, he illustrated and/or wrote more than 300 children's books. Paul Galdone may be best remembered for his versions of traditional folk tal
The Little Red Hen is badass. I love the message: don't feed slacker friends who don't do their share.I am suprised the Tea Party hasn't adopted this book as a "must read" for children. Hmm...
Marissa Gunter
I really liked this book. I think it can show young readers how important it is to help out.
Meredith Trotter
Publication: 1985

Grade/Age: PreK-5th grade

Annotation: The classic story of the little red hen who asks other animals in the barnyard to help make fresh bread. Teaches students about the values of hard work and helping others.

Themes: The rewards of hard work and perseverance, the rewards of helping others

Ways to use the book:

Have students do a Readers Theater with this book.

Good for lessons about sharing and helping.

Farm Theme: This story can definitely be incorporated in a farm themed unit, and
Example #2 Little Red Hen asks for help planting the wheat, but no one will help her
Book Information: Title: The Little Red Hen; Author: Paul Galdone; Place of Publication: New York, NY; Date: Renewed 2001; Pages: 40
Evidence for Evaluation: The Little Red Hen lives with the cat, mouse, and dog, all of whom are very lazy. Not one of them will help her with the chores or planting the wheat she stumbled across. The hen ends of baking the cake all by herself, as no one want to get up to help. When t
The Little Red Hen is a book about helping out and fairness. In this story the Hen does all the chores around the house while her friends rests all day everyday. One day the Hen decides she wants to make a cake and asks her friends whether they would like to help, but they all decline. When cake was finished and the aroma filled the air, all of Hen's wanted to partake in helping eat the cake. The Little Red Hen felt she shouldn't have to share the cake because she did all the work; so she ate th ...more
Comfort Olajide
I read this book, it is all about a little Red Hen, a Cat, a Dog, and a Mouse they all live under one roof. The Red Hen was doing all the work in the house while the others were lazy sleeping and when the Red Hen asked if they can help her they will say Not I, and when the Red Hen found some seeds, she asked her friends if they will help her to plant the seeds the friends said, Not I each. So, the little Red Hen planted the wheat seeds, harvet the wheat, grind the wheat and knead the wheat flour ...more
"The Little Red Hen" is a classic tale beginning with "Once upon a time". A little red hen, a cat, a dog, and a mouse all live together in a cozy little house. When there is work to be done, the hen is the only one who performs. One day while hoeing in the garden she discovers some grains of wheat. When she asks her housemates for help in planting, tending, and harvesting the wheat none of them will stir from their naps to help. Each one, each time repeats "Not I." Paul Galdone's illustrations a ...more
Roslyn Ross
-As usual the little red hen is passive aggressive rather than clear, honest, and assertive about getting her needs met
-She makes a cake instead of bread
-The book ends with her eating the entire cake by herself, but after that she does have 3 good little helpers--basically people who were punished for not helping and then rewarded for helping.
-Book confuses the issues at hand--the emotional need for help and support vs the exchange of one's labor for payment.
Shelby Dennis
I loved the moral idea of the story. It shows how things dont come to those who sit around and do nothing. It introduces responsibilities to children and how they each help play an important part in the home. I thought the look on the animals faces were priceless at the end of the book. They wanted to make sure that they do whatever that needs to be done around the house so, they wont miss out on any treats anymore as portrayed at the end of the book. I would read this book to children from 2 1/ ...more
This story has been a great read-aloud for my Kinders and 1st graders. They love to join in on the "Not I" sections and it leads to some really neat discussions with them. On the title page is a drawing of wheat and when I ask them if they can tell me what it is, many of them will tell me it's corn. This can be a great tie-in for a unit on where food comes from (to relate that it doesn't just miraculously appear on a shelf at Wal-Mart). The other great discussion that has come up is over the des ...more
Tanisha James
This oldie but goody is nicely illustrated. When the hen ask for help from her friends no one wants to help. Reading "The Little Red Hen" can build a platform for a discussion on how to problem solve and talk about what we could do as the Little Red Hen to help. The children can also act out the activities the Hen performed thorough out the book.
Michelle Smith
Great book to teach children ages 3-8 to do the right thing and how hard work always pays off. The ending will make you and your children smile. Silly book with fantastic pictures to go along with it. This one will be read to my students each year. Great lesson: do the right thing even when no one is watching.
Part of "National Chicken Month" Storytime. The kids thought she was mean for not sharing the cake, which was pretty funny. It's a classic for a reason.

(Just because I like to do things old school (and I can), the kids actually watched this on a 16mm film strip. So fun to see the confusion caused by rewinding.)
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Jon-henry Kubej
This is a story about a hen, a mouse, a dog and a cat. The mouse, dog and cat are very lazy and all they ever want to do is sleep in their comfortable spot! Hen asks who wants to help plant wheat, make flour, and bake a cake, but no one wants to help poor hen out! After the cake was baked, they were all eager to help eat the cake! However hen said no, because no one helped out. It concludes with the mouse, dog and cat always willing to help out with chores!
I really enjoyed this book. The story
Children's Literature Project
Grade Level Equivalent: 2.5

Summary: This classic story focuses on the virtues of hard work and determination. The little red hen wants to bake a cake, but before she can do that, she must gather all of the ingredients. She asks for help from her friends: the dog, the cat, and the mouse, but all of them refuse since they are too lazy to work. However, this does not stop the little red hen who completes all the tasks and reaps all of the rewards in the end.

Lesson Integration: This story can be use
Review: The Little Red Hen is a wonderful book! It teaches children they should always help out around the house, because maybe you might be awarded. I loved the illustrations in this book it was very realistic. The illustrations went along with the book. If everyone pitches in to help, then the job will get done!

Learning Experience: Everyone gets a list of “chores” to do for that week. When the students have free time they should do their chores. If the chores are not finished by the end of th
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This is a good traditional tale, which presents a good take on a classic. The book has a great moral about doing your part and working for what you receive. The book would work great in a unit with other folk tales.
Michael Moya
I really enjoyed reading this folk tale. It is a cute story for children to read learning about a house of animals that live together. The animals had to take turns doing chores by tending to the wheat in the garden. This was a hard lesson for the other animals to learn, but they helped the hen with her work so they would not miss out on a potential reward. I liked the repetition of the phrase "Not I" from the lazy animals reinforced the lesson that they learned: hard work can pay off later.This ...more
Kelly Havens
This classic folk tale is a story about a cat, dog, mouse, and red hen. The cat, dog, and mouse are each selfish characters and are happy resting in their favorite spots around the house. The red hen asks for help to plant wheat, tend the wheat, cut the wheat, and take the wheat to the mill, however, each time the red hen has to complete each chore on her own. It isn’t until a cake is being pulled out of the oven that cat, dog, and mouse leave their spots for a piece. Students can learn a valuab ...more
This is one of my favorite to teach a lesson books. I was read this as a child and it has stuck with me since then.

I've used this story to teach others why if they put no effort into something they won't be able to enjoy the outcome. It's an important life lesson that many still do not know.
Elijah Libert
It was good because the cat and the dog and the mouse all learned there lesson that they need to work because then they will get the fun part also.
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Paul Galdone (1907 - November 7, 1986) was a children's literature author and illustrator. He was born in Budapest and he emigrated to the United States in 1921. He studied art at the Art Student's League and New York School for Industrial Design. He served for the US Army during world War II.

He illustrated nearly all of Eve Titus' books including, Basil of Baker Street series which was translated
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