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The Little Red Fort

4.25  ·  Rating details ·  769 ratings  ·  188 reviews
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published March 27th 2018 by Scholastic Press (first published 2018)
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Gina Dalquest
Jan 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I loved this multicultural update of The Little Red Hen. My favorite thing was that the brothers learned a lesson and happily corrected their behavior and were happily forgiven.
Jun 26, 2019 rated it really liked it
Ruby finds some boards and wants to build something. She asks her brothers if they want to help, but they laugh and say no. She decides to learn how to do it herself, and she does. Encouraging story of a young girl. Lovely illustrations. Fun and entertaining.
Andrew Myers
Dec 19, 2017 rated it really liked it
Brilliant picture book by Brenda Maier, with great artwork. Ruby is a little girl who decides to build a fort in her backyard, though her brothers won't help her. They change their tune after they see just how awesome a fort it is.
May 01, 2019 rated it really liked it
I love how her mom and grandma help her with the building too!
Jan 13, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I liked this twist. I find The Little Red Hen iterations/allusions with its repetition boring generally, but I really liked that this had an updated "item" that the character is making that would be something kids are more likely to identify with and I LOVED that the characters that refused to help, work together to redeem themselves, yet still weren't rewarded for bad behavior (I read a reiteration recently that was like "you didn't help but I'm nice so I'll let you in on the reward anyway" I ...more
Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
A girl decides to build a fort and tries to recruit her brothers to help, but to no avail. Instead, she builds the fort herself. After the fort is built, the brothers are suddenly motivated to add some improvements to the fort and the girl includes them in an in-fort evening with cookies.

This little story is a contemporary version of the old folktale, The Little Red Hen, with a contemporary strong-girl main character along with a revised (and more satisfying) ending which includes the
Shauna Yusko
Jan 12, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great new twist on The Little Red Hen.
Cathy Breisacher
Feb 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
There is a lot to like about this twist of the Little Red Hen. Brenda took a much-loved folk tale and gave it a very modern and relevant feel. I love this as a read-aloud for my library and I love that it has an emphasis on creating and building. Beautiful colors and the text flows just like the original story but it feels very new and fresh.
J.D. Holman
I read this book today for storytime. It's amazing how few kids have heard "The Little Red Hen!" I knew nursery rhymes are sadly in decline, but folk tales are as well, apparently. So while having adaptations of old stories is cool, it kind of gets lost on the target audience when they have no clue of the original story.

The mixed media art is pleasant enough. I particularly like the multicultural element, as well as the parental involvement in Ruby's project. And the little twist at the end is
Jan 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing
An update on the Little Red Hen featuring a girl engineer and a kinder, everybody-wins resolution. A simple story with repetition, rhymes, and wonderful whimsical bright illustrations - lots of storytime appeal!
Heather Johnson
May 07, 2019 rated it really liked it
Monarch 2020 nominee: Classic retelling of “The Little Red Hen” that readers will love!
Jun 18, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture
Awesome for (girls in) STEM. And retellings of the Little Red Hen.
Great modern take on The Little Red Hen.
Feb 05, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Awesome adaptation of The Little Red Hen. Highly recommended.
Jun 02, 2018 rated it really liked it
Great little girl power story. ...more
Maria Marshall
Mar 29, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: children-picture
A charming story that takes a slightly dated fairy tale with aselfish ending and turns it on its head. Making it relevant to today's kids, while maintainingthe underlying message andgiving the ending a boost of cooperation.The basic premise of The Little Red Hen fairy tale - if you don't do the work, you don't get the reward- remains. However, this version tweaks the traditional ending in a fun and satisfying way.The large, brightly colored images portraythe entirefamily'senthusiasmfor life and ...more
I read this book to first grade. It is a version of The Little Red Hen, but it is a girl who is building a fort and asks her brothers to help and they don't.

What I loved about reading this to the classes was what the kids noticed in the illustrations. They realized that while Ruby's brothers weren't helping, there were helpers along the way. One girl also said, this is just like the Little Red Hen. Another child noticed that while the book was called the Little RED Fort, the fort was not red
When Ruby decides to build a fort, her brothers want nothing to do with her ambitious project. They make fun of her and indicate that she doesn't know what she's doing. But with some help from the adults in her life, she manages to teach herself what she needs to know to accomplish her goals. Her brothers are impressed and want to play in the fort, but since they made no contributions and offered no support, she denies them entrance. They figure out a way to earn their keep and gain access to ...more
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
Maier, Brenda The Little Red Fort, pictures by Sonia Sanchez. PICTURE BOOK. Scholastic Press, 2018. $18. 9780545859196

A little girl wants to build a fort and none of her brothers are willing to help. She works her way through each step, asking them each time, but they still are not interested. When the fort is complete, the brothers want to play, but their sister says no – until they make an effort to show they care. Then they can all play together.

Maier has crafted a neat, positive twist to The
Feb 05, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Based on The Little Red Hen, this story tells of a young girl who wanted to build a fort. She asked her brothers for help and, you know the drill - none were willing to do anything along the way. However, after it was done, they did step in and handle the final touches.
Use to talk about doing our part and supporting each other. Plus, we can do anything if we're willing to do the research and work.
Jamilah Thompkins-Bigelow
Feb 08, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I like this take on the Little Red Hen better than the original tale. On the surface, this is a tale of a girl (Ruby) whose three brothers won't help her build a fort. However, it goes further--the bright, layered pictures tell a tale of an empowered girl of color who builds her own fort by herself ( women in her life help too). There is also a chance for the boys to make the situation right at the end. This is a much needed modern take on a classic fable.
Feb 11, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Grades K-3
Cute story like Little Red Hen but instead with a girl named Ruby and three brothers who won’t help her build a fort. A hispanic family is featured. Nice illustrations. Good read-aloud book. I would buy for my school. Highly recommended for Grades K-3.
Jillian Heise
Love this story! Girl power, a family that is representative of many of my students' families, and a message about being helpful. Such a cute book!
Megan Schmelzer
May 14, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Open Book Reviews by Megan Schmelzer

Ruby really wants to build a fort. After begging her older brothers to help her, Ruby learns quickly that she is on her own with her fort-building efforts. As each new challenge with the fort building comes to Ruby’s attention, she continually tries and tries turning to her older brothers for help. However, they are just too busy to pay attention to her. That all changes though when Ruby finally finishes her fort, and it turns out to be
This book delighted me from beginning to end. The illustrations are warm and rich and full of color and details. The siblings' facial expressions glare and smirk and scowl and smile in triumph, and little Ruby's determination shines through in each scene. The characters who appear only in the illustrations - dad, mom, and grandmother - support Ruby beautifully in all her endeavors.

The story's little red hennish refrain makes this fun to read out loud, and the plot is fabulous. Not only does Ruby
Jun 30, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Ruby is always thinking of new ideas. When she found some old boards one day, she decided to build a fort. She asked her brothers if they wanted to help build, but they didn’t want to, so she learned how. She drew up plans, gathered supplies, cut the boards, hammered the nails. With each step, she offered to have her three brothers help but each time they refused. When her fort was finished though, they all wanted to play in it. Ruby refused to let them, since they didn’t help at all. So now it ...more
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: readers who enjoy the little red hen
This made me think of Rebecca Emberley's THE LITTLE RED HEN and then I read the author's where she expressed her love of the very same story! THE LITTLE RED FORT had that same rhythm as THE LITTLE RED HEN: Ruby, our super strong and smart main character, decides to build a fort and asks her brothers for help. Each time she asks, they turn her town and she decides to forge on without their assistance*. By the end, her brothers learn the errors of their ways (because who doesn't want to hang out ...more
Mar 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful girl-power book! Ruby is a creative and motivated little girl who wants to build a fort. But will her three brothers help her? (If you’ve read “The Little Red Hen,” you can guess the answer.) Ruby is determined and resourceful; she doesn’t give up until she’s accomplished her goal (with a little help from her loving papá, mamá, and abuela). I love the example this story sets for my own daughters of ingenuity and perseverance. I also love the delightfully sweet surprise ...more
Jennifer Bailey
Feb 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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Meredith Peace
Dec 03, 2019 added it
Shelves: 21-40
Summary: This is a picture book about a girl named Ruby who wants to build a fort. She asks her brothers if they want to help and at each step of the process, when she asks them, they turn her down. When she finishes, she asks them if they want to play with her and thy all agree, but she tells them that because they didn’t help build it they cant lay in it with her. Then the boys build additions to her fort and she lets they play with her.
Evaluation: This book has a strong female protagonist who
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