The Little Red Hen (Little Golden Book)

by J.P. Miller (Illustrator)

Hardcover, 2001



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Golden Books (2001), Edition: Illustrated, 24 pages


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.

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LibraryThing member DaytonGamble
really like this book for children, it gives the adults a chance to talk about other serious life stuff. The illustration is interesting because it goes from colored to black and white throughout the whole book.
LibraryThing member stharp
What a fun folk tale to tell children! With Golden books its great because they sum up all the key points into a story that children would have the attention span for! This is a great example of a folk tale because it is a story that has been heard time and time again and heard by many generations.
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This book follows great plot. The hen tries and tries to give her friends a chance to help her with her wheat, and it keeps the reader guessing for what is going to happen next.
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LibraryThing member mercedesromero
The Little Red Hen shows what happens when you try to do everything by yourself. The hen does everything for her friends and they take advantage of her. Then when it comes down to her needing help they do not. The only time they wanted to help her was when she needed help, in which case she said no.
LibraryThing member sntorrejon
This is a great book to teach a child a lesson. The little red hen baked all by herself, and when she asked if any one wanted to help her everyone said no. However when she asked who wanted to help her eat everyone said yes. The little red hen said no because no one wanted to help. This teaches a
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child the importance of team work.
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LibraryThing member cindylansdale
“The Little Red Hen” is a very cute and funny little story. That shows us all that we can’t always depend on our friends, and it also teaches us that if we want to have good friends we need to be one first. It teaches us all a very valuable moral lesson. This is truly one of my favorite books
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to read to my children and/or in my classrooms.
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LibraryThing member mildred981
In this fairy tale the little red hen, the setting is on a farm. The protagonist is the little red hen, whom finds some grains of wheat and decides to make bread. She then ask if some of the other farm animals would help her plant, water, pick and bake the wheat. The other farm animals all said no
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to all the tasks that went along with making the bread. But, when they started to smell the bread baking, they all responded saying "i will help you eat the bread". But the hen said no. Because you did not help with any of the task it took to make the bread. The story theme is developed, when the hen ask the farm animals for help with each task. The story reach it's climax when the bread is cooked and thr aroma is spreading around the farm. Also, The author sets the tone of eageriness by showing the protaganist the hen performing each task by herself. Furthermore, I love this story moral, which is those who do not contribute to the end product, don't deserve to enjoy the end product. This story always motivate my son to do his chores...great book!
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LibraryThing member karawaller
This is a story about a little red hen that finds a grain of wheat and decides to plant the wheat and bake bread. She asks the other farm animals to help her make it, and they all told her no. At the end of the book, she asks the animals if they wanted a piece of bread, which they all did, and she
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told them no, that she would eat it herself.

I think this is a great book to remind kids that helping others always benefits them in one way or another.

In the classroom, I would have a discussion that helping others is always the right thing to do. I would ask the children what they do to help their family and friends out. As a group, we could plant a flower and throughout the year, let each child take turns watering the flower.
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LibraryThing member jkauk
The Little Red Hen is a story about a red hen who works on the farm. The hen asks the animals to help her with the chores but every time she asks they all say no. The hen completes all of her tasks and makes some delicious bread. When the animals ask if she is going to share the little red hen says
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no because they did not help with the chores. The little red hen enjoys her bread in peace and quiet.
I can relate to this because it seems I am always the one getting stuck doing all of the work in group functions. Sometimes I do not mind working by myself, however it does bother me when other people take credit for what they did not do. At times, I want to be just like the Little Red Hen and not share my bread.
A lesson to be used from this book is introducing the classroom chores to the students. Teachers could explain that unlike the Little Red Hen we will all give a hand in keeping the room tidy and clean. Another lesson to teach children is the importance of teamwork. If everyone completes the tasks together the end product will be more rewarding.
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LibraryThing member mmuncy
The Little Red Hen would be considered a traditional literature book. I read the Little Golden Book version of the story. It is about a little red hen who finds a grain of wheat and asks other animals to help her plant it. No one will help. After the wheat grows she asks for help to harvest it and
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then take it to be made into flour, but once again no one will help. She asks for help to make the flour into dough and bake it but again no one wants to help. She then wonders who will help her eat the bread; everyone volunteers but the hen says that she will eat it herself.
My girls always feel sorry for the hen when no one will help her. Even on their own, they could see that it wasn’t fair that the other animals wouldn’t help the hen with the work, but then wanted to eat the bread.
Because this book is written for younger children I would probably have a discussion on helping others. I might also have the students draw a picture of a person that they help.
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LibraryThing member ReAhnaKowena
Little Red Hen asked her friends duck, cat, and dog to help her with the tasks of growing wheat. After duck, cat, and dog refused to help Little Red Hen continued to do the work herself. The wheat finally grew and she made bread and her friends wanted a slice, but she declined and said she was
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going to eat it herself.
I enjoyed reading this book because of the illustrations. It had a cute story line and a good lesson. The point is you have to do your part and work together.
In the classroom, we as a class would make bread in a bread machine. Each student would do their part in helping such as measuring the flour, water, etc. Also, as part of physical activity we could act as if we were jumping or stomping on wheat stalks while listening to music.
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LibraryThing member Ashleyreece
In this story the Little Red Hen ask her friend to help her plant, cut, and grind her wheat. They all refuse to help her. She then asks them to help her bake the grain into bread. Again they refuse. She asks who will help her eat the bread and all her friends shout that they want some of
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the bread. She says NO and eats the bread all by herself.
Personal Reaction:
I love this story because the Little Red hen works so hard and at the end she gets the reward she has worked so hard for.
Extension 1:
I would use this in a lesson about friendship. What does it take to be a good friend? I would have my kids tell me a time when they were not so helpful to their friends and what they could do better next time?
Extension 2:
I would also use this in a lesson about manners. Was it okay for the hen to not share even though her friends didn’t help her? I would have the class come up with their own ideas about sharing.
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LibraryThing member jennifer.hancock82
The classic folk tale of The Little Red Hen comes to life on the pages of this Golden Book. As always the Poor mother hen slaves away planting, sowing, preparing, and baking while the other characters keep to their straight line of, Not I... when asked to help. The classic proverb you reap what you
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sow applies quite literally to this age old tale. In the end the mother hen certainly gets the last laugh as she and her chicks enjoy the spoils of a job well done while the other farm animals look balefully on. A wonderful moral tale for the ages.
Personal Response: I grew up reading the Little Golden Books so the nostalgia of it gets me every time! I hope my own daughter keeps this tradition alive by someday reading classics like this to her own children.
Extension: 1) Teaching children the value of working hard instead of hardly working by doing a class garden you could literally teach the kids you reap what you sow. 2) Ask them to make a list of things their own moms do around the house and have them come up with ways they could help out.
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LibraryThing member ashtonrice
good book about farm animals!
LibraryThing member nkertz
a book to teach children about teamwork and helping one another, full of bright, lively pictures. children will love to look at the animals and watch as the little red hen makes all the bread on her own without any help from anyone else. this book can be used in a lesson about friends helping one
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another and sharing. possibly a bread making activity can be involved that requires teamwork from the students.
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LibraryThing member teddiemitchell
The Little Red Hen is about a hen who finds some grains of wheat and decides to plant it. She asks the other animals, duck, cat, and dog, if they would like to help and none of them did. Hen then goes through all the steps to make some bread and each time she asks dog, cat, and f*ck, if they want
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to help but each time they did not want to help. At the end of the book once the bread is finished hen asks who wants to help eat the bread, and of course dog, cat, and duck wanted to help. Hen decided though that she would each the bread all on her own.

I can personally relate to this book because there have been times when I have asked for help but no body wanted to help. I can also relate to dog, cat, and duck because when I was younger my mom would want my help and I would not help so I did not get the reward at the end.

In the classroom, I would have the students rewrite the end of the book on if they were Hen, would they share the bread. I also might bring in ingredients to make some bread of our own.
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LibraryThing member ryann0423
This is a story about a hen who is going to all of her friends asking for help with different tasks required to make some bread. Each friend says "Not I' and will not help her until the bread is ready and she asks "who will help me eat this bread?" then all of her friends want to "help", but she
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says "No, I will eat it myself!" This story is great in showing kids that if you want the reward you have to be willing to do the work and help others out. It's a book that they children can be involved in while doing a read aloud because you can say and what did the goose says? and they know that the goose said "not I"
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LibraryThing member lmckeon
Classic American tale of good morals and hard work. I grew up reading this story and am so glad to have it as part of my personal library to share with children. Great story for all age children.
LibraryThing member sharon65
This book is good because it demonstates how important it is to have friends who are willing to help each other when in need. It also, is good for learning how to become independent. It shows various animals, and teaches about planting and baking.

Personal Reaction

It is a great book and I feel that
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every parent and teacher should read this book to the children because it has learning experiences that children will use later in life for school and at home. It encourages children to have good manners.

Classroom Ideas

1. Planting

2. Food Experience
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LibraryThing member Jfortmeyer
The Little Red Hen would be a good book to read out loud to a group of students who could mimic the responses of the other characters in the story. The story of the Little Red Hen is a lesson that can be shared and compared for a variety of things in life. If an individual is not willing to help
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others then they cannot expect to reap the benefits. This is a timeless story that I remember from my childhood, and enjoy reading it to my children now.
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LibraryThing member jjones58
I read this book with my first grade students during a unit about folk tales. This story's main idea teaches students that hard work and helping someone in a time of need really does pay off. When the hen decides to plant wheat, make flour, and bake bread. She asked for help from her friends and
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they all said no, but rushed to eat the bread once it was finished cooking. However, the hen denies her friends, because she was the one who put in all of the work and they were too busy and only wanted the reward of the hard work. This book was a cute way to teach students to always put their 100% effort into things and never deny someone a helping hand.
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LibraryThing member imamarie
The Little Red Hen is a traditional story told about a little red hen who found some wheat seeds. Throughout the story the little red hen completes the steps of planting the seeds, growing them, harvesting the wheat, grinding it to flour and preparing a loaf of bread. The little red hens invites
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her friends to help but her friends were content to let her do all the work. In the end she is content to share her bread with her chicks and those who assisted in the process of making the bread.

I enjoy this story because of the predictable verse after each section. This story also has an important lesson and that is of responsibility and community involvement. "We reap what we sow" we do not get a free ride. If you work hard you get the rewards of the work you do.

Story extenders could be #1: pretend making bread in the playdoh center. #2 provide each student with a canned biscuit and let the child shape the dough and them bake them. #3 the children can play act the story. #4 during group discuss what helping means. Make a chart with each child’s name and let the child tell how they can help a school AND how they can help at home. Write their words on the chart.
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LibraryThing member lolhscybrarian
A classic. A story about responsibility and the importance of hard work and pitching in. This is a great story for early readers and also to reinforce the values within our culture and society. I've seen my elementary librarian colleagues use this book for lessons and it would be interesting to use
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this book in an economics class or a media literacy class. This and the Poky Little Puppy are two of my favorite Golden Books.
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LibraryThing member ana.j.diaz.1
It is a book of great teaching of how to cooperate in a strong work if we all help is easier. Also the result of the work will benefit all.
LibraryThing member Cheryl_in_CC_NV
A straight-up honest version of the original.  Nothing fancy, just fun pix and the rhythmic story, with the lesson at the end.  tyvm
LibraryThing member gakers16
A Little Red Hen tries to get her friends to help her. They refuse which leads them to learn an important lesson in helping others.



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8 inches


0307960307 / 9780307960306



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