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4.22  ·  Rating details ·  24,781 ratings  ·  356 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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Anthony Diane Muldrow is not the original author of this 1954 classic, just the editor of the Little Golden Book section that was renewed in 1982 by Random…moreDiane Muldrow is not the original author of this 1954 classic, just the editor of the Little Golden Book section that was renewed in 1982 by Random House, Inc., a part of their children's book division. The original Little Golden Books were part of a artist and writer's guild of Simon and Schuster, Inc. (less)

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Ahmed  Ejaz
Dec 26, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016, short-stories
Another great story which I had heard before but didn't know the name. Now I have properly read it.
I loved the story a lot. It is soo beautifully written.
You are probably familiar with the idea I think.

STORY IN SHORT
Every day the Little Red Hen collects worms for her children to feed. One day she accidentally finds a seed of wheat during her search for worms. She doesn't know what it is but she finds out that it is a seed of wheat and can be grown into a wheat and can be made into bread a
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Nicola Devine
Oct 13, 2013 rated it really liked it
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
Jasmine Darcy
Hilarious. Borrowed it from my little nephew. Still enjoy it after lo those many years ago from my childhood.
Tanique
Aug 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing
The Little Red Hen finds some wheat seeds while searching in the fields. She decided to plant the seeds in order to make some bread for her farmyard friends. She needed help with the task involved in making the bread. She asked her friends “who will help me plant the seeds, who will help me cut down the wheat, who will help me grind the wheat and who will help me make the bread”. The Duck, Cat and Dog all said “not I” so the little Red Hen did all the work. When the bread was done and the animal ...more
Travis
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing
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
Sep 08, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
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John Yelverton
Jul 31, 2011 rated it it was ok
I really was not a fan of this Golden Book when I was growing up.
Ms. Togeretz
Nov 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is a nice book, that is good for reading with a friend.
- Ms. Togeretz
Joy Reinbold
Nov 07, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: read-to-obi
This book was far more moralistic than I remember it being as a kid. Still a wonderful and enduring children's book.
Geneva Roberts
Mar 30, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fairy-tales
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
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
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Rebekah
Jan 21, 2016 added it
Shelves: reading-350
The Little Red Hen is a classic children's book which teaches many life lessons. There is no moral of the story stated in the book; but the principles come across as the story unfolds. This industrious fowl finds a grain of wheat and immediately wants to plant it. She asks if any of her friends would like to help her in this endeavor. Everyone declines to assist her in the work. The same group refuses to aid her as she processes the grain through various stages of development. When the time come ...more
Sally Todd
May 14, 2012 rated it it was amazing
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
Karen
Aug 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
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
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Zee Zahri
May 28, 2012 rated it really liked it
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
Randie D. Camp, M.S.
Jan 10, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: early-readers
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 true...you can't expect to get anything good if you don't put in the work to make the good thing happen.
Skylar Burris
Dec 30, 2007 rated it really liked it
Shelves: childrens
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.
Tristan Doane
Sep 09, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: elementary-books
This is a good book because it teaches that if you want something, you should always help to get it. Participation is key in life and children will learn this while they read this book.
Nea
May 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Little Red Hen is a folklore book for children ages three to seven years old. It won the 2006 New Yrok Times 10 best Illustrated books of the year and ALA Notable children book.
Summary: The story tells of the little red hen demonstrating hard work and strength to get what she wants. Through her hard work she asks from some assistance from her friends but in the end her friends show who they really are.

Evaluation: The plot of The Little Ren Hen is important because it teaches the lesson of
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Nicole
Nov 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: traditional
Appropriate Grade Levels: PreK-2
Summary- The little red hen is a hard worker who asked for help making bread but never receives it from the other animals. These animals are lazy and seem to have better things to do than help the little red hen so she doesn't give up she keeps working all alone. But when it is time to eat the bread all the animals want to help her eat it but she explains that "Who will help me plant the seeds, who will help me cut down the wheat, who will help me grind the wheat
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Keaunna Magee
Feb 02, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have never heard of this book before, but I really enjoyed reading it. I thought the book was very colorful and I liked how there were multiple characters within the book. Each character in the book was related to a farm animal on the farm. I think that the book told a good story and had an easy life lesson to understand. The book had a lot of repetition and I think it would be easy for kids to keep up on and stay interacted. If little kids were reading or listening to the book, I think they w ...more
Eboni Johnson
May 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The Little Red Hen by Diane Mildrow is under the genre children’s literature as a picture book and folk tale. The intended audience for this book is ages two to five years of age. The story is about a Red Hen who finds a grain of wheat and decides to plant it. She goes around asking each one of her friends to help her, and each friend refuses. I rated The Little Red Hen five stars because not only does this book teach a great life lesson, the use of language and illustrations are appropriate for ...more
Alice Cavender
Apr 24, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The old folktale “The Little Red Hen” serves at as a great teaching tool. It is about an ambitious little, red hen who wants to grow wheat and asks her friends to help her. “Not I,” said all her friends. Finally, it is time to bake the bread from which she grew the wheat and milled the flour. Her friends still do not wish to help. Now it is time to eat and enjoy the bread and wouldn’t you know, her friends do wish to help. The little red hen replies, “no, no I will do that.” And she did.
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Alison Waara
Feb 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
The Little Red Hen is a fable that truly teaches the lesson of team work and working hard. When the red hen finds a grain of wheat, she tries to ask her fellow farmyard animals for help in planting it, but they all decline - instead wanting to sleep or do nothing. From this, the red hen spends much time working and figuring out how to plant the grain, which she does successfully and manages to bake bread, for her and her chicks. She goes back to the farmyard animals, asking who would help her in ...more
Cassidy Crawford
Dec 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: t-l-307
The Little Red Hen is a traditional literature book first published in the year 1954. It is about a hen that finds a seed and plants it to make bread. During the process of making the bread, the hen asks the other animals if they would help in the making of it which they declined each time. But when the bread is finally made and the hen asks who will help her eat it the animals all say they will to which the hen responds no because they didn't help before. I liked the lesson told in the story an ...more
Parker Thornton
Apr 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-choice
The Little Red Hen is by Diane Muldrow, the story talks about a Little Red Hen who finds some wheat seeds. She then goes on to plant the seeds to make bread for her farmyard friends. She needed help with the task involved in making the bread, but nobody would help her. When the bread was done and the animals could smell it. They wanted to have some of the bread, but the Little Red Hen said no.

This book is a great way to have children learn about helping others, farming, and it is a good read. Th
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Brooke Dunstan
May 05, 2018 rated it really liked it
This is a folklore. The Little Red Hen is a golden book. It is for children 4+. The little red hen wanted help to plant her wheat, carry the wheat, make the dough, bake the bread, and eat the bread.
No one wanted to help but everyone wanted to eat the bread once it was finished. This book will teach children about teamwork and helping each other. I like this book because it can help teach a valuable lesson and I really like the illustrations. It is a cute, silly story. I think it will be appealin
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Nicholas King
Nov 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: children-s-books
The Little Red Hen is a great book that can teach children a valuable lesson about contribution. This book is about a hen that finds a seed one day that can be used for making wheat and then when it's time the little red hen can make bread out of the wheat. When asking the other animals if they will help her gather the materials. All of the animals refuse every time she requests help. By the time the bread is ready to be eaten all the animals want some but the hen doesn't share because no one he ...more
Madison Conlin
Mar 31, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: traditional
1. Awards- None
2. Grade level- Preschool- 1st
3. Original Summary- The little red hen needs help planting her wheat from one of the animals. When none of her friends want to help her she has to do it all herself. But she also gets the prize at the end while no one else does.
4. Original review- This text is great at teaching the lesson of team work and how important helping your friends really is. Great way of getting the classroom to help each other as a whole.
5. Classroom use- Put on a product
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Kimberly Austin
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Classic Folktale story of the Little Red Hen. I owned this book as child and had forgot about it until I came across it today. Red Hen finds a grain of wheat and decides to plant it. She asks all her friends to help her but they all say no. She asked her friends to her harvest it when it is time to take it to the mill but her friends all say no. Not until it is time to eat the bread does her friends say yes they will help. The little Red Hen tells then all "NO." She did all the work so she will ...more
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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