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The Little Red Hen

4.16 of 5 stars 4.16  ·  rating details  ·  17,253 ratings  ·  182 reviews
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.
Hardcover, 24 pages
Published February 1st 2001 by Golden Books (first published 1954)
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John Yelverton
I really was not a fan of this Golden Book when I was growing up.
Nicola Devine
I read this book as a child and have remembered it since due to the simple yet powerful message it portrays. The tale is set in a farmyard and is based on a hen and the other farmyard animals which surround her. One day the little red hen finds a grain of wheat and asks the other farmyard animals to help her with the various processes involved in growing it like the planting, harvesting and threshing of the grain and then the milling the wheat into flour and baking of the flour into bread. Howev...more
It is always a good idea to demonstrate to our children the spirit of giving and helping. This book shows the adverse effects from friends who aren't willing to help when asked. Helping others builds character and initially may be met with unseen rewards, in the book's case - some tasty bread. Had the friends known the outcome, they more than likely would have responded differently. Once a child is thanked or hugged when they help others they get to experience something possibly greater than a t...more
Jade Singleton
The Little Red Hen tells the tale of a hen who lives with a pig, duck and a cat. The hen does most of the work around the house as the other animals are very lazy.

During the story, the hen decides to make a loaf of bread. At each stage of the bread-making process, she requests help from the other animals. Each animal refuses to help throughout the whole process as they are too busy doing what they enjoy doing, leaving then hen to do all of the work. Once the loaf is ready, the animals all want t...more
Cheryl in CC NV
Assuming this is the version I read & reread as a child (probably, as I had access to lots of Little Golden Books): This version makes it clear that there's a *lot* of work involved in baking the bread, from sowing the wheat to raising the chickens, etc. And this version makes it clear that the so-called friends are self-centered and lazy. As a mom/martyr, I empathize - but as one who values sharing, I'm always looking for new versions of the story with nicer endings (Armadilly Chili), or at...more
Sally Todd
This book is suitable for early years and Key Stage 1 children. The story follows Little Red Hen and her quest to make bread without the help of her lazy friends, the rat, the cat and the pig. I really enjoyed reading this book to my class. Children were engaged throughout the story, and loved acting out the different animals in the story. The story is good for topics such as plants and growing. The children especially liked the ending of the story, where the Hen, after all her hard work eats th...more
Zee Zahri
This book worked very well for me in a reception class, with the children really being able to understand that the way the other characters refused to help the little red hen was wrong. A fantastic story for early years debating as some children will believe the little red hen should have shared with the others, while other children will vehemently argue the point that she should not have to as no one helped her to make it in the first place. Beautiful illustrations and a fun read for adults and...more
Geneva Roberts
I remember hearing this fairy tale as a child and it still sends a valuable message today. The Little red hen picks up a grain of wheat and while the pig, the duck and the cat don't see its value, the hen asks who will plant it? They all answer "not I." and she plants the grain of wheat, tends it and harvests it, all the while the pig, cat and duck say "not I" and want nothing to do with any of the work. The Hen bakes bread with the wheat she has harvested and the pig, cat and duck smell it and...more
Julie Decker
If you don't know the story, this is the fable in which the Little Red Hen asks repeatedly for help from the other farm animals while she's planting, harvesting, and baking the bread, and no one comes to her aid. When they all want to eat her food after they didn't help, though, she says no, and enjoys the fruits of her labors. Huzzah!

What's strikingly good about this is that lady characters in children's books are normally depicted as serving a function--they're there FOR children or FOR male c...more
Skylar Burris
A classic capitalist fable, only slightly altered from the original. Too bad my daughter doesn't seem to understand why the hen is "being mean" and "not sharing." However, this has remained one of her most requested stories for a year, and she loves to say all of the "Not I" parts, and she is slowly starting to get the point.
My son read a readers' theater version as his homework tonight and it is a great story for young readers to practice reading with expression. And of course, the ending always causes some giggles but the message is so can't expect to get anything good if you don't put in the work to make the good thing happen.
Mumtaz Hussain
The Little Red Hen

This is a delightful book aimed at 2 – 4 year olds. It is about Little Red Hen who finds some corn and asked the cat, rat and pig if they will help her to plant the corn, then to water it, cut it, turning it into flour and then making bread. When asked if they will help the animals all respond ‘No not I’ and then when asked if they would like to eat the bread they all say ‘I will’. Little Red Hen refuses to let them and eats the bread herself.

A lovely book with lots of repetiti...more
This was the first LIttle Golden Book I bought for my now five-year-old son. One of the reasons I bought it because I remembered using it for a story time at the library. Of all the versions of The Little Red Hen, this one really shows how much work the hen did between the finding of the grain of wheat and the eating of the bread. Even my son understands the injustice of the hen doing all the work, and the other animals expecting to eat the bread.

The other reason I bought it was for the delight...more
Angelica Cox
I really liked this book. I think the moral of the story is very important for not only kids to know but for everyone to know. I thought that Muldrow did a good job at making it easy for little children to understand the moral. This book is very important to sure with kindergarten and first graders because it will help them learn that if they want a reword that they have work for it. It lets them know that if you don’t help out or do any work that they won’t be able to enjoy the reword that come...more
Samantha Brown
I love this book because it can teach us so much. I really like that this book teaches children that they reap what they sow. If they put in the effort then they will get the reward. This can apply to so many areas in our lives. In the book the Little Red Hen the Hen asked for help every step of the way when it came to making the bread. Everyone said no.
I thought that it was kind of funny that a single grain of wheat could make a big loaf of bread. I also liked the illustration for the book too...more
London Richards
I read this book as a child and have remembered it since due to the simple yet powerful message it portrays. It is always a good idea to demonstrate to our children the spirit of giving and helping. I think the moral of the story is very important for not only kids to know but for everyone to know.The artwork is pretty good as well. This is the typical Red Hen story, but I think that is what makes it so grand. It teaches young children that you have to work hard to get the rewards.
Kelsey Vayens
This book has been a classic for years because it addresses various subjects and lessons. This story is about a hardworking hen, who wants to make some bread. However because it requires so much work, the hen needs help, so she decides to ask her friends for help. However the don't want to help her with anything. At the end when the delicious bread is finally completed, the friends rush to help eat, but because they didn't help the hen, they don't deserve to eat it. This is a great book to not o...more
I love the story of the little red hen! There are so many wonderful uses of this book and covers a wide range of teaching moment with children. You can use it to teach about hard work pays off, what a good friend is, and even use it as a fun cooking story and make bread along with the book.
Zak Kendall
I heard this book as an audio book. The lady who told it had a nice flow to her words and made them clear and understanding. I also really enjoyed the story, it shows how hard work can pay off as well as how helping leads to good things. This is a great book for children between the ages of 4 and 8
Kendra Hurst
I like this picture book so much! This has truly been one of my favorite stories since I was a child. I also like how the book is made, because it reminds me of all the type of picture books I had as a kid. The artwork is pretty good as well. This is the typical Red Hen story, but I think that is what makes it so grand. It teaches young children that you have to work hard to get the rewards. I really loved this folklore book.
I liked the pictures in the book. It wasn't my favorite book for trying to teach the importance of helping out. In our perspective we are taught to help others and share regardless of whether or not others do the same to us and this book didn't do that for me. Still a cute book.
Nazia Rahman
This is one of my favourite stories and is a great way of discussing with young children for PSHE lessons about sharing, helping others. It can also be used to read to children if they are learning about farm animals. The process of bread making is ideal on introducing how bread is made and a way for children to understand the world. Furthermore the step by step method is an indirect way to introduce programming (algorithms), relating to the new ICT curriculum. It is ideal for children in EYFS.
Ashley M.
This story is a great book to share with children in the classroom. It can be used for so many different domains of learning for children. The lesson in friendship and hard work are covered in a way children can understand the direct effect of the lesson in the story. The children can also gain knowledge in vocabulary related to food and the way it can be made.

Children in the classroom can gain from this book by using a cooking lesson to work on skills related to math and science to further ext...more
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...more
Nathan Lewis
I've always enjoyed this book and the artwork in this version was off the chain! Lots of color, tons of animation, very well put together. You can pull learning materials from this to use with your students or children or nieces or nephews or grandsons or granddaughters or other members of your extended family or even anyone else that you can think of.

Oct 28, 2013 Martha added it
The color scheme used in this story is very good, the colors are very bright and capture attention. This story is very good for the lesson that it teaches. It teaches young children the lesson of team work and how everyone should work together and if they don't they shouldn't be expecting to be apart of what ever the reward may be in the end. This book is very simple and easy to understand, the Hen wants help planting, harvesting, and threshing wheat to make bread but no one helps and in the en...more
Lucy Hernandez
I love this book. It is appropriate for Pre-k and first grades children. Shows how important is to share and to work as a team. When you teach your children to cooperate with others, I am sure life is going to be much easier for them, because if you help people, when you need some help, someone is going to be ready to help you out. New vocabulary is learned. Also the story show that when you work hard, at the end always you are going to be rewarded.


Ask the children to clean up the clas...more
This folk-tale explores the process of growing wheat as well as the value of hard work. The little red hen plants, reaps, takes the wheat to the mill and makes it into dough all on her own and without and help from her friends. In the end, the hen offers her freshly baked loaf of bread which she made from the wheat she sowed but when her friends say they will help her eat it, she replies "No, I will eat it myself." The moral I get from the story is that you reap what you sow, and that it takes t...more
Julia Stevens
I love discussing this one! Why do you think the Little Red Hen didn't share her bread? What would you have done if you were the cat or the duck? Great lesson to encourage team work and sharing.
Blakeley Norris
This book has a good moral to it about helping others and teamwork. The Little Red Hen had some wheat to plant and take care, but no one would help her plant it, sow it, harvest it, or bake it. So since they didn't want to help her work and since she worked so hard, she wouldn't let them partake in eating it with her because they didn't work hard for it like she did. This would also be a great book to use during a Social Studies lesson. You could use it to teach about a mini-society to where eve...more
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Diane Muldrow grew up in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She later attended Ohio University, where she earned a Bachelor's Degree in Magazine Journalism and a Bachelor's Degree in Fine Arts: Dance. After her graduation, Diane moved to New York. She spent several years performing as an actress and dancer in New York’s downtown avant-garde performance scene. She also danced in a performance at Lincoln Cen...more
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