The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza
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The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza

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The story of the industrious Little Red Hen is not a new one, but when this particular hen spies a can of tomato sauce in her cupboard and decides to make a pizza, the familiar tale takes on a fresh new twist. Kids will love following along as the hen, with no help from her friends the duck, the dog, and the cat, goes through the steps of making a pizza-shopping for suppli...more
Paperback, 32 pages
Published November 11th 2002 by Puffin (first published September 1st 1999)
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Cheryl in CC NV
A slightly kinder and much funnier version compared to the original. I absolutely love the pictures done in cut paper collage (a lot like Lois Ehlert often does), and the silly bits of humor in them (the duck wears a swim cap and a flotation ring?!).

One thing though - I can't decide whether the hen has a problem with shopping (as she comes home from each store with 'some other stuff'), or if the author is just acknowledging that, as long as you're out, you should stock up on other stuff you're...more
The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza written by Philemon Sturges and illustrated by Amy Walrod won the 1999 Golden Kite Award for picture book illustrations. This updated version of The Little Red Hen offers bold and creative illustrations that capture children’s attention.
Walrod includes playful details in her illustrations such as a Do It Yourself Guide to Sink Installation and Other Things for Hen and Moo-Laa dollar bills with a cow where a president is typically found. These whimsical images...more
This is a book about a hen who sets out to make a pizza. During each stage of making the pizza she asks her friends to help, which they decline, until she asks them to share the food with her. Which of course they accept. At the end of the story The Little Red Hen says if they help clean up she will share her pizza with them.

I believe this book is very educational for children. it relates to the topic of healthy eating which is important in the EYFS. It explains how to make a pizza which childr...more

I love the sweet justice at the end of the traditional Little Red Hen, and I didn't want those lazy animals profiting. Sure, they do the dishes in this book, but still.

Art is great, though!
Paula Heller
Friendship and family were the first two words that came to me after reading this book. No matter what family and friends are the most important things in life, and the hen in this story knew it too. The hen shows children what unconditional love looks like. Even though her friends were too busy to help her make and gather the ingredients for the pizza, she was still happy to share it with them at the end. The story teaches children how to share and how to think of others even if you don't get...more
Asalyn Holliday
This book is great for introducing new vocabulary related to food and animals. It would also be good for incorporating into center time through writing a grocery list, learning about food groups, and using grocery store props that could be in the Dramatic Play area. It would also be great for an art center, the students could use different materials to make their own pizza. Another learning opportunity that this book makes me think of is learning about food from different cultures. The teacher c...more
Children LOVE this book. I have yet to have a student that Sunday like this story. The language has predictable parts for the children to "read" and also has rich vocabulary that children need to be exposed to. It's a bit silly and catches student attention. At the end of this story the hen shares the pizza even though the others didn't help create it. Afterwards, her friends help her to do the dishes. I like this story's alternate ending to the Little Red Hen books by showing that kindness and...more
This is a great lesson on team work when is carried through and when some people don't carry through as a team player. This book shows how the hen kept working towards the goal of cooking the pizza even though the other characters refused to help. At the end, the hen could've rejected them when they wanted to eat the pizza, but instead the hen shared the pizza. The hen's positive feedback made way for the others to help in cleaning up.this teaches on how staying positive can have positive result...more
Genre:Fiction, Picture book,


Topics: Pizza making, shopping

Theme: sharing and cooperating. The illustrations also reveal the themes of urban street activities and excessive shopping.

Use; Read Aloud, Guided reading

Reading Level: Fluent

Illustrations: The illustrations add another layer to the story. They reveal more than what the text adds. They also add two more themes to the story.

Literary Elements: Repeating words and phrases


The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza) is a modern tw...more
The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza) by Philemon Sturges, illustrated by Amy Walrod follows the Little Red Hen as she spies a can of tomato sauce in her cupboard and decides to make a pizza. The hen, with no help from her friends the duck, the dog, and the cat, goes through the steps of making a pizza - shopping for supplies, making the dough, adding the toppings and baking.

In this fun spinoff on the original, the little red hen has eaten the last of her tasty bread and is hungry again when she de...more
Violet Lewis
I felt this book had some very unique illustrations. The illustrations showed step-by-step instructions on how to actually make the pizza. It included concepts of how we can include healthy foods to put on pizza including, mushrooms and tomatoes.

Learning activity: LD1a: Children will practice, listen to and follow spoken direction

After I read the book to the class, we will make our own pizza! I will bring all ingredients needed to create the pizza, which will include pizza dough that is pre-mad...more
Nick Molinet
A new twist to the classic story, "The Little Red hen Makes a Pizza" tell the story of the little red hen who is hungry and wants to make a pizza and seeks the help of the other animals but they wont help her so in the end she gets to eat the pizza all by herself. This is a really good story to teach the children about working together and how when you are working with other people we must all help to get done what ever it is we have to do so that everyone can have the reward of a job well done...more
Olivia Bailey
This is a classic story but told with making pizza. Students will be able to relate to the story because it has pizza and most children like pizza. My kindergarten teacher read this book then had the students go to the cafeteria and make pizzas. They got to eat the pizza during snack time. The students loved it. I would have had the student write or draw a reflection on their pizza baking experience. I would have took pictures of them baking and eating it to go along with their story.

This is an...more
While reading through The Little Red Hen, there were parts in the book that I was annoyed about due to the repeating aspect of “Not I” said the dog, cat and duck along with what the hen says to the animals about needing to go to the store to get the ingredients. I feel as though the pictures in this book were intriguing and always something new. There were not two pages that looked the same and vast amounts of various colors were used to show depth and creativity.

Once all of the ingredients for...more
This books gets annoying quick!!
I didn’t like the beginning of the book because every other page repeats itself. I can see how kids would love the book, they may even laugh, but I didn’t like it until the very end.

The book is about a Little Red Hen who decides that she wants to bake a pizza, but when she looks into her refrigerator she doesn’t have the correct ingredients to bake it. She ends up making multiple trips to the store and every time she asks for her friend’s dog, cat and duck to hel...more
My kids read this book, and at the time I didn't think much of it. I assumed it was a new twist on the classic tale. I was wrong! They come running up to me and said "Mom the little red hen shared her pizza with everyone!" "Really?" I replied. "Did they help her make it?" They answered, "Oh no! They didn't. Just like in our book they were too busy, but she shared anyway because she had so much extra. It wouldn't be nice to keep it all to herself." They must have seen my look, because they added,...more
Elizabeth Brown
I thought this book was okay. Honestly, I thought the hen would learned after the first couple of times he asked for help that the other animals were not interested in helping him make the pizza. However, I guess the book teaches that persistence pays off. I also think there is a lesson to be learned about doing things yourself. Other topics that are good for discussing after reading this book are problem solving, math/mixing ingredients, planning, procedure, and prosocial behavior.
I read this book this week to the children in my preschool class. Is is about a Hen that makes a pizza. Throughout the story, Hen asks her friends for help with various tasks but they keep saying no. In the end Hen still shares her pizza with her friends even though they did not help her. Her friends then decide to help Hen clean up the kitchen.

It is easy to incorporate many different types of activities wtih this book, making a pizza, math activities such as graphing favorite pizza toppings or...more
I really didn't like this book. I felt it was too much of a play off the story Stone Soup, so the creativity behind it was lacking for me. I will admit that I liked the message of no free lunch. That some of the best "lunches" for some of the dirtiest work and for hen that "You can play now and pay later or Play now and pay later". I think that is a good message for our munchkins. I would like to have seen it in a more engaging story.
Anyone familiar with the traditional tale of the busy red hen with the lazy friends will recognize elements of that tale in this modernized story, especially the recurring phrase "Not I." However, this tale, with the lovely cut paper illustrations from Amy Walrod, is fresh and funny. The story opens with the LRH, having finished the last of her bread, preparing to make dinner - looking in her pantry she finds, next to the canned worms, a can of pizza sauce and decides to make pizza. She doesn't...more
A new take on an old story, with the same opening premise, but a different story. This time the Little Red Hen asks for help in all the steps to make a pizza. The story goes mostly as expected, except for all those crazy trips to the store (why couldn't she plan ahead?), and a new twist at the end. Great fun when you have already read the original Little Red Hen version.

Some reviewers have complained about the change in moral to the story. While I recognize the truth of their objections, I have...more
Cordellya Smith
I read this with my first grader this morning. We both loved the story. It is a great twist on the old story of the Little Red Hen. The only thing that could be improved was the illustrations. It looked like the illustrator cut pieces out of magazine pictures and patched them together to make the images in this book.
Zehra Laljiani
This is a classic with a twist! Little Red Hen is brought to modern times with a pizza rather than the traditional loaf of bread. This book can teach children about a seriation and processes (making dough, adding toppings, baking, and eating) as well as responsibility in sharing a task. An overall great book!
This book is a retelling of the Little Red Hen Story, in which the Little Red Hen makes a pizza. It's a little lacking in the description of how the Little Red Hen actually MAKES the pizza ("she puts the flour and some other stuff in a bowl"--how hard is it to say "she puts the flour, yeast, water, and salt in a bowl??") But where the story is a little simplistic and derivative (but nonetheless a good story--a classic, obviously), the illustrations are top-notch. Each page has a lot of detail an...more
Holly N.
The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza by Philemon Sturges utilizies rhyming to teach about the concept of cooking. Children can learn the order of how to prepare a pizza. The narrative can be used to instruct young children on sequencing. Also, the social-emotional aspect of sharing and altruistic behaviors can be illustrated with this narrative.
Chelsea Kimmey
This book is a cumulative text because she adds the things she needs to make the pizza each time she goes to the store, it is repetitive/predictable because the dog cat and duck answer the same way each time. Cute story. Teaches the idea of sharing and being kind
Yohan Choi
* This book teaches the concepts of making foods and rhyming.

* Good to know for young children to read the list of the different ingredients of Pizza!

* Keeping new words so easily for young readers with seeing pictures of the book!
Crystal Jackson
This a great book with illustrations and colors. This book introduces the importance of sharing with others and friendship. Children can also learn the importance of print because Hen had to write a list if ingredients.
Reenie Peppers
Themes: the rewards of hard work, if you all want to eat you have work together
Activities: compare and contrast with other versions of the story, do a cooperative cooking project - make a pizza together
Kristen Thompson
This is a story about a Little Red Hen who is trying to make a pizza. She realizes she does not have the ingredients or utensils necessary to make one so she asks her friends. Every time she asks her friends for help they say "NO!". This book goes through all the utensils and food needed to make a pizza. The Hen makes the pizza step-by-step, which could be used in a sequencing lesson. At the end, the Little Red Hen offers the pizza to her friends and asks if they want to help clean up and they r...more
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