The Little Red Hen

The Little Red Hen

Book - 1973
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Little Red Hen is a time-tested cautionary tale about how we reap what we sow. When the hen asks a cat, dog, and mouse for help planting some wheat, she gets no takers: "‘Not I!’ said the cat. ‘Not I!’ said the dog. ‘Not I!’ said the mouse." They won’t water, cut, or grind the wheat . . . or help bake a cake with it, either. So guess who eats the cake by herself in the end? The Caldecott Honor artist Paul Galdone’s delightfully detailed ink and wash illustrations—packed with charming details—add plenty of sly humor to the well-loved story that not only offers a sage message but also shows children what it takes to make a cake from the ground up!

Galdone's dynamic, amusing pictures add much humor to the familiar tale of the industrious hen and lazy cat, dog, and mouse.

Baker & Taylor
Unaided by her three lazy animals companions, and industrious hen tends to all the chores on their New England farm

& Taylor

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 cake she makes from it.

Publisher: New York : Clarion Books, c1973
ISBN: 9780395288030
Characteristics: 1 v. (unpaged) : col. ill. ; 21 cm


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Jul 04, 2016

Well written story with a strong moral (that is appropriate even for young children).

choloperuano Apr 11, 2014

I love this story. It teaches kids good work ethic and the right to enjoy the fruit of their labor and not be forced to share with those unwilling to carry the load.

Mar 03, 2013

The classic, well-done. In some versions, the hen shares the bread or cake (here it's cake) with her chicks; in this one, she eats it by herself (has no chicks).

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kristopherpaul Aug 20, 2012

kristopherpaul thinks this title is suitable for 5 years and over


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