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The Little Red Hen

by Byron Barton

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Classic story of the mother hen that did all she was supposed to and provided food for her chicks with no help from her friends. Good lesson about you don't work you don't eat! Easy story to retell. Personal collection.
  lhendrix9983 | Jul 7, 2012 |
Summary: The Little Red Hen had wheat she needed to plant and she tried to enlist the help of her friends, the pig;duck; and cat, to do it. When asked who would help, they all replied "Not I." They replied the same when Little Red Hen asked then the sow the wheat, thresh the wheat, grind it into flour, and make it into a loaf of bread. When asked who would help her eat the bread, they all replied "I will" but Little Red Hen and her 3 baby chicks ate the bread.

Personal reaction: I liked this version of the story because of the pictures. They were almost childlike in quality but they were very detailed in showing what Little Red Hen and her friends were doing.

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This book can be used in teaching kids a lesson on helpfullness.
This book can be used to teach children the process of planting, sowing, and reaping crops.
  AprilSDavis | Feb 11, 2012 |
This book is about a hen who finds a seed she asks for help in planting the seed, and then when it becomes wheat, she asks for help in grinding the wheat into flour, and then finally she asks for help in making the flour into bread, but no one will help her, not the pig, the cat, or the duck. The hen finishes cooking the loaf of bread and asks who will help her eat it, then all the animals will help, but they do not get any.

This book was fun, I liked the straight-forward asking for the help and the replies of “Not I...”, it flowed very well. I liked the illustrations, they were very colorful and just simple drawings, yet they worked well with the story and flowed perfectly. This book was a board book, so it was easy to hold and turn the pages, and I felt like the board book helped in presenting this type of story, and of course it made it fun as well.

For my class, I would probably make this story into a play and have the students take turns in being each of the characters, so they could really get into the story and to get the feel of the motive behind the story, of nobody wanting to help with the chores of making the bread, but just wanting to eat it, a nice lesson behind this! Another fun activity would be to assign a homework assignment, which would be for the student to help his or her mom or dad cook dinner that night, and help with the cleaning up, like washing dishes, or wiping down the table and counters. This would help in showing the student that he or she could actually participate in helping create something that he or she will enjoy eating, and helping with the clean up will let the student feel the reward of helping out, not just enjoying something at someone else’s expense all the time.
  cynthiadr | Sep 26, 2009 |
Little Red Hen asks her friends( the pig, cat, and duck) if they would like to help her plant some seeds, cut the stalks of wheat, thresh the wheat, grind the wheat into flour, and make some bread. They all are very disinterested in helping their friend hen until she asks who would like to help me eat the bread. They then realize that maybe they should have helped because now they don't get any. She shares her bread with her three chicks.
  christivance | Apr 20, 2009 |
The geometric illustrations are great. The story is simple and repetitive. I like the valuable "reap what you sew" message. Definitely a fine read for beginning readers or a quick simple lesson introduction. ( )
  ffox | Apr 13, 2009 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0694009997, Board book)

A fresh retelling by Byron Barton of the well-loved story of the little red hen who grows grain, threshes wheat, and feeds her chicks--all by herself, without any help from her lazy friends.

Mr. Barton's simple words, bold images, and imaginative use of color have made his many picture book perennial favorites with young children.

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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.

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