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The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza)

3.91  ·  Rating Details  ·  787 Ratings  ·  158 Reviews
A spirited, quirky, and thoroughly modern remake of the classic tale, "The Little Red Hen." Full color.
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published 1999 by Dutton Children's Books
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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
Apr 26, 2012 Yashpreet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jermeria Daniel
Jun 28, 2015 Jermeria Daniel rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: sharing
I would use this book as a way to teach children about helping one another and being a friend. This book would be read in the beginning of the school year.
Becky B
In a twist on the typical Little Red Hen story, this one is making pizza. Of course, no one is willing to go shopping or help her find a pizza pan, but everyone's willing to help eat.

The moral of this one is a little different from the normal Little Red Hen tale, it turns out to be if you eat and didn't help cook you should do the dishes. I'm sure many parents would like this for that reason. As I was reading the thing that stuck out most to me is that the Little Red Hen in this book is a terrib
Torrie Wilson
Jul 11, 2015 Torrie Wilson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: jumpstart-books
This book can be used to teach children about friendships. I love how the hen forgave her friends that did not want to help her make the pizza but still let them have some of it. This book can also be used to introduce more rich vocabulary to students.

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
I always enjoyed the original version of the little red hen, but I had never heard this one before. Though it encompasses the same concept as when she was making bread, it still offers the same life lesson that you should always help people. Another aspect of this story that I enjoyed was the illustrations. They looked like someone had taken construction paper, cut out the shapes, and constructed the pictures. I like illustrations like this because it is something new, and also kids may not have ...more
Sep 18, 2014 Destiny rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
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
In this version, the little red hen is making a pizza, but no one wants to help until it's time to eat. I really like this version because you could pretend to do all of the actions with the kids during storytime - rolling and kneading and flattening the dough, throwing it in the air, and then putting on all of the toppings (picking them off if they don't like olives, or whatever) and then having them guess what the duck, dog, and cat will say when she asks who will help.

Also, I do not understa
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
Sep 30, 2009 Delicia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classroom-fluent
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
Aug 17, 2011 David rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Violet Lewis
Jan 20, 2012 Violet Lewis rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nutrition
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
Nick Molinet
Jan 30, 2013 Nick Molinet rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: fables, animals, team-work
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
Aug 30, 2012 Sierra rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 30, 2012 Nicole rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 19, 2015 myKCmom rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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
Bunty Jah
Feb 01, 2015 Bunty Jah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: peer-teacher
The Little Red Hen makes a Pizza shows children to be independent and do things on their own. In this book it addresses verbal communication, physical development and motor skills. This was a great twist from the little red hen we know all. Love how at the end even though they did not help make the pizza the little red hen shared the pizza with the cat, dog and duck. Finally they all worked together to clean the dishes. The author did a good job changing the story giving it a positive ending.
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.
Mar 22, 2013 Kelsey rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Sherry Thornberry
It was very cool the way the illustrations were done in this book. They were made with scraps of paper that had patterns on it. It was like a collage that actually made a picture. This story is a classic but it is still timeless. It kind of bothers me that the hen doesn't call everyone else out when they refused to get her the ingredients yet they still want some pizza. She is a better hen than me. But at least they washed the dishes.
Jan 31, 2015 Jasmine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: peer-teacher
The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza is a good book to help teach children about good morals, hard work, and team work. Though the red hen was turned down for help while making the pizza in the end she shared it with her friends and in return they helped clean up after. The pictures are great and it details the journey the red hen goes on from starting her pizza to sharing it at the end. Children can expand on their vocabulary with the food related items and the grocery list helps them to work on th ...more
May 25, 2014 Naomi rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
um.. okay, I liked this one a modern retelling. its a little less ambitious, because although the hen has to cook, she has modern conveniences of supermarkets. then, the moral to the story was different, being hat the hen let her friends share her pizza. so, they helped her with the dishes since she did all the work. at first i didn't like the change at all. now, i like it, but don't love it. the illustrations are charming.
Jun 12, 2012 Ina rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: storytime-reads
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
Feb 02, 2012 Jan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 07, 2016 Violet rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found this to be a refreshing take on the original story. I also enjoyed the unique style of the illustrations. I think certain elements of the story are more relatable, especially the use of pizza. (Children tend to love pizza.) I would recommend this book to parents, teachers, and any other adults who regularly interact with children.
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