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The Little Red Hen

4.18 of 5 stars 4.18  ·  rating details  ·  19,715 ratings  ·  207 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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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
John Yelverton
I really was not a fan of this Golden Book when I was growing up.
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
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
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
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
Rachel Keller

I love this book - probably mostly because I am relate to the little red hen. I like to think the little red hen is a type A, first born, just like me. First, the vocabulary used in this book creates an authentic transaction between the reader and the author. I actually think this book would be great to use in a verb study, given that the author uses so many great verbs to describe what is going on in the book (napping, snoozing, harvesting, etc). The use of such verbs stands out because of the
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
Hend Alalwani
Personal reaction:
I loved this story and I really enjoyed reading it. I like how the Red Hen gave several chances for her friends to help her but they refused. I do not like how the Duck, the Goose, the Cat, and the Big did not help the Red Hen to plant the grain of wheat, reap it, carry it, and dough, but when was the time to eat it, they came.

Read aloud for children from K to three years old. It helps them learn about types of animals like Duck, Goose, Cat, and the Big. Also, they will learn
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.
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
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
Serina Kwan
The Little Red Hen” by Diane Muldrow, set the scene in a farmyard where there is a hen and other animals. The story starts off with the hen discovering some grain of wheat and his decision to plant and further process it. He asks his friends for help several times but none of them gives any help on planting, harvesting, threshing, milling and baking. Eventually, when the bread is ready, little hen refuses to give his friends any share, as they did not help. It is a powerful book in portraying th ...more
I had this on my bookshelf, but don't remember reading it as a child. At first I thought I would like it because I want to get into gardening. Then I was sad because the hen's friends didn't help her. I was hoping she would be kind and patient and her friends would learn the err of their ways. SPOILER ALERT. Nope. I guess if you are going for variety, this story isn't the typical "happy ending with a good life lesson" story. So that kinda made me chuckle. I don't have kids but I suppose if I did ...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
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.
Angela Ahrendt
The Little Red Hen tells a traditional story about a hen who asks many of her animals for help with her wheat, but one by one the animals will not help her! This book teaches young readers the value of teamwork and helpfulness, and will be a great fit for a lesson surrounding those topics, especially with kindergartners since they are just beginning school and are beginning to experience the importance of working together with all different kinds of classmates and peers.
This book can teach children work ethic skills, and the importance of taking initiative in efforts to get things done. This can also teach children about the importance of "fairness" because it was unfair for the red hen to do all the work but then have the others reap the benefits. The illustrations were not that interesting but I liked this book and would recommend it for teachers of pre k through second grade.
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Shelves: folklore
Publication Date: first published in 1954

Annotation: The little red hen is looking for help so that she can make her bread but none of her friends seem to be interested in lending a hand.

Themes: Determination, Perseverance, Just Rewards

Ways to Use: Students could read the story and then complete a science lesson where they follow directions to bake their own bread.
Cathal Atkinson
This is a really memorable book. It is so simple in its structure but has a powerful message throughout! The moral of the story is very poingant and the illustrations are very nice as well. You have to work hard to be successful is a message portrayed throughout the book so very suitable for children of all ages
Carson Panike
The Little Red Hen is a classic, and one of the first stories my teacher taught me about helping. I always remember this story when I am asked to help someone with something. I think of how the little red hen felt when everyone told her no when she asked for help. This story is such a good teaching aide!
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.
Sujeewa Ranasinghe
The little Red Hen is a famous folktale and perfect picture book to read for young children. They will learn about farm animals names and how important to help each others. Illustrations are very colorful and young children can read the story, retell or play a stage drama.
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.
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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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