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The Little Red Hen

4.24  ·  Rating details ·  643 ratings  ·  67 reviews
The little red hen finds none of her lazy friends willing to help her plant, harvest, or grind wheat into flour, but all are eager to eat the bread she makes from it.
Paperback, 32 pages
Published October 1st 1985 by Scholastic Paperbacks (first published January 1st 1920)
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The Little Red Hen (academic version)

Once upon a time, there was a little red hen who worked at a university's computer science department. She was friends with a lazy dog, a sleepy cat, and a noisy yellow duck.

One day the little red hen had an idea. She thought it might make a good paper. The little red hen asked her friends, "Who will help me develop the idea?"

"Not I," barked the lazy dog.
"Not I," purred the sleepy cat.
"Not I," quacked the noisy yellow duck.

"Then I will," said the little red
Nov 08, 2017 rated it liked it
First sentence: Once upon a time there was a little red hen who shared her tiny cottage with a goose, a cat, and a dog.

Premise/plot: This is a traditional telling of The Little Red Hen illustrated by Lucinda McQueen.

My thoughts: I enjoyed this one. I like the illustrations very much. I particularly love the illustrations of the cat and the dog. The text is traditional. There are no big surprises with the text. The Little Red Hen doesn't have a change of heart, she doesn't decide to share with
Kristen Sawyer
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This is the classic story about a little red hen who works hard to make a loaf of bread. She asks her friends for help, but none of them are willing. When the bread is all done, her friends are happy to help her eat it, but she does not share with them because none of them helped her make it.

Identify the characteristics from the text that support the specific genre:
This traditional story is used to teach a moral lesson. That if you do not help, or put the work in, you will no
Mar 12, 2015 rated it did not like it
-I don't care for the moral all that much, what a passive aggressive brat this hen is--as in--this book does not teach children to assert their needs and communicate their needs clearly so that they can get their needs met.
-This book is more entertaining than some of the other versions of this story so 1 1/2 stars!
Sep 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is one of my childhood favorites! I think my grandma is the first person who read this to me. Ooh! These pictures bring back such memories!

The Little Red Hen is beautifully illustrated. It's neat how the Goose is always seen with a different crowd of neighbors! Each illustration is not only beautiful, but it clearly exhibits the traits of the characters throughout the book. There are such fun animals that show up throughout the book in addition to our MCs, too! And maybe the style is just
Shonna Gnahn
May 17, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: friendships-prek
The classic tale of the Little Red Hen is known by many, but never gets old. The tale captures a Little Red Hen who works hard to make bread and asks her friends to help her. The dog, the pig and the cat all say "Not I" and refuse to help her and her chicks in the tedious work of making bread. Time and time again the hen asks who will help her and time and time again she completes the work herself. In the end, she asks who will help her eat the bread. Of course all her friends want to enjoy the ...more
David Andrew
Mar 11, 2020 rated it really liked it
This primary-age folktale is a timeless story involving hard work, ambition, leadership, goal–setting, and cooking skills! Set on a farm with animal characters, the little red hen sets out to bake a cake from scratch. As she politely asks each farm friend for help with each stage of cake production, they answer with a lazy and resounding, “No.” Each time, she takes on the task herself and replies, “Then I will do it myself!” This repetition adds to the story, allowing young readers to follow alo ...more
Charlotte Stafford
Oct 11, 2018 rated it liked it
We are looking at this book in the Nursery setting I’m in. It’s a good book for engaging nursery children as there is a lot of repetition which helps the children pick the story up quicker and helps with engagement too. There is also quite a nice storyline behind it which helps children to understand that if you don’t help/ take part in something you can’t expect to reap the benefits of that work. In this edition there are three friends who the hen asks, the dog, cat and goose which helps simpli ...more
Michelle McQ.
Little Red Hen's friends don't want to help her with the work of making bread but they sure do want to help eat it. But Little Red Hen teaches them all a lesson in not getting something you don't work for and only shares with her little chicks. While I like the importance of this lesson, I think it sometimes is more important to teach that we can share even when someone wasn't nice or didn't help with something.
Emily Alig
Oct 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a classic folk tale that has been told for years. This story is always good to read to young children to teach them a lesson through story telling. This story goes to show that you shouldn't ask for a hand out and that if you want something, then you must work to go get it. The basic motto of this story is if you don't do the work, then you won't get the prize!
Oct 24, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: children
It teaches hard work, sure. But it fails to teach sharing. And also fails to teach communication of needs.
McKendra Fisher
Great book! Shows kids that they need to work to get a reward! I love this book!
Karim Elmenshawy
Mar 26, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2018
"I will just have to eat this bread by myself"Doesn't she deserve the same?
May 31, 2019 rated it liked it
Extra details in words and pictures make this one of the better basic editions. No twist, no chicks.
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Enqi said, "I like the ending, the little red hen eats by herself even her friends want it."
Angelica Cowart
Mar 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: abc-beginning
Great valuable lesson for students to understand the meaning of being a helper
Ashley Weigand
Feb 12, 2017 rated it liked it
This is the story of a lazy dog, cat, and goose who take advantage of their friend the hen. I would recommend this book for k-2. The story teaches children that if they do not help with something then they will not be able to reap the awards. It also teaches them to work with one another and to be responsible. This story would be a good tool for teaching sequencing, with the steps of making bread.
Aysha Choudhury
Sep 18, 2013 rated it really liked it
This book is another one of my all-time favourite. The book begins with a little red hen who finds a grain of wheat and wants to plant it. She asks the assistance of her friends (cat, goose and dog) but the other animals all refuse to help her.
She then goes through all the stages from watering the seeds, cutting the wheat, taking it to the mill to turn into flour and making the bread. At each stage the little red hen requests te help of her friends but they all refuse. However when it comes to
Misha Ruiz
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In this story, a little red hen is trying to bake a loaf of bread. But before the hen can make the bread, she needs to grow and process the wheat. The hen gives her friends multiple opportunities to help her bake the bread but each time she asks for help, everyone just tells her no. When the hen finally bakes the bread, all of her friends want to eat some of it. The hen doesn’t share her bread with them though because nobody helped her make i
In this Spanish language version of The Little Red Hen, Little Red Hen finds some seeds. She plants, waters, harvests and mills the wheat. Then she bakes the bread. Goose, dog and cat all refused to help Little Red Hen do the work, but they want to eat the bread. Little Red Hen explains that since she did all the work she would eat the bread herself.

This book would be appropriate to share as a read aloud or an early reader with Spanish speakers between the ages of three and six. Children will en
Nicole Survis
Jun 14, 2015 rated it it was amazing
This classic Russian Folktale is an excellent addition to my K folktale text set. Looking at the lesson of how working hard pays off in the end, the little red hen asks all her friends for help only to do all the work on her own. In the end when the bread is ready they are all willing to "help" her eat the bread but she teaches them a lesson by saying that because she did all the work on her own, she will eat the bread all on her own as well. Teaching children the idea of responsibility and work ...more
Apr 08, 2014 rated it it was amazing
The Little Red Hen always asks her friends(dog, cat, mouse) for help before she does anything. But they all refused to help and once the hen made a delicious bread and asked who would like to help her eat it, everyone volunteered. But then, the Hen said no and ate it all by herself.

I can read this book in class and have students talk about what the dog, cat, and mouse could have done instead of not helping. So we can discuss about different ways we can help other students in class to build a co
Karissa Butikofer
This is a story about 4 animals who are all different than each other. The cat is very vain, the dog is very sleepy, the hen who is willing to put the work in, and the duck. In this story the dog, cat and duck will not help hen to do anything with the wheat or bake the bread but once it comes time to eat the bread, everyone wants to participate. Hen doesn't let any of the three animals eat any because they didn't help. The message that I got from this book is if you are willing to put the effort ...more
Alondra Villa
Dec 08, 2016 rated it really liked it
this is about a hen that is making a loaf of bread and asks her friends for help. All of her friends say no to her so she does it by herself. When the loaf is done all her friends want a piece. This book is traditional literature because the story goes as back as to the 1940's. I gave this book four stars because I remember reading this in grade school. I love the illustrations and the themes which include sharing and helping others. this book would be a perfect read out loud for first graders a ...more
Apr 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
I feel this is a more simplified version compared to the golden book series. There are three simple characters that do each have distinguished characteristics that play into why they wont help the little red hen. As the story goes, reap what you sow. The little red hen eats all the bread that she made and doesn't share it with the other because they didn't help. This is a great story to use for plot, setting, problem/solution, etc. It is also a great story that shows the value of working hard.
Raevin Jones
This book teaches children that they should always help their friends. Shows children that even when our friends don't help us we can still do the work ourselves. Also it teaches that if we want to eat the bread then we need to help our friends in the process of making the bread. This book is good because it teaches children the process of making bread and how you have to follow each step to make the bread.
Stephanie Klaren
The Little Red Hen is geared towards young children to teach them that helping is important. The pictures are colorful and easy to follow the story line. In this book Hen does all the work while her friends keep telling her that they will not help, but once the bread is ready to be eaten they all want some. Hen decides to tell her friends that because they did not help in the making of the bread they do not get any and she will eat it all by herself.
Aug 24, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Great discussion starter about the value and importance of work. How life is better overall when you do the hard work up front (do the hard work of school etc..., relatively easier time at life in the long run as opposed to lazy with school and prep for life, very hard time getting through life in long run)
Miley Smiley
This classic book tells the story of the little red hen and all her hard work to make some bread. The little red hen wants to make some bread but no one wants to help. After the bread is made and her not-so-helpful friends come knocking, should the little red hen share her bread? This is a great story to teach sequencing to students. It's also great to show that hard work pays off.
Ebone Cooper
Oct 05, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is a great book for sequencing the way wheat is harvested/how bread is made. can be interesting because its a common food, relevant.
Book also shows how it is important to work together, being a part, and being fair.
little red hen worked hard to plant, harvest and baked the bread with no help from her friends so she did not share with them in the end.
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