The Little Red Hen

by Paul Galdone

Paperback, 1985



Call number




Clarion Books (1985), Edition: Reprint, 48 pages


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.

User reviews

LibraryThing member sunnysturdivant
Summary - The little red hen asks the rat,cat, and pup to help her plant, cut, shuck, and cook her corn. However, the rat, cat, and pup are always too busy playing to help the little red hen with her corn. After the little red hen cooked her corn the rat, cat, and pup wanted to help her eat her
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corn, but she said they didnt help her prepare the corn so they could not help her eat her corn.

Personal Reaction - I think this book is a grerat example of if a person doesnt put fourth effort and help someone, then you shouldnt expect to get the end result. The rat, cat, and pup didnt help then hen so they shouldnt expect to get to eat her food. This would be a good lesson or example to teach children.

Classroom Extension -(a) As a teacher I could use this book to teach my class about work ethic and to always help others, because in the end you could get something good out of it. We could discuss work ethic and why its nice to help other people.

(b) When I read this book to my class I could bring pop corn for my students to eat as I read the book to them.
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LibraryThing member TommyB
Good pictures, simplistic story line.
LibraryThing member ml445
The Little Red Hen is folktale in children's literature. The book has repetition of words that kids can memorize. This helps children comprehend and feel like they are accomplishing reading. Overall, The Little Red Hen is a great book to read with kids.
LibraryThing member AshleyCampbell
Repatative lines make this a good book to begin reading with. The pictures cover the page and some are very detailed; they would help in decipering the meaning of the text. The text format is confusing on a few pages because the sentences are interupted by pictures.
LibraryThing member breezelindsey
The Litte Hen is story of contributing to a team to get the ending results. The Hen asked for help with making her cake the entire tale. All her friends said no. The only time they said yes was when it was baked and the cake aroma filled the house. The hen said no and ate it all.

I liked the book
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because it is easy to read out loud and it teaches a lesson without none of the characters getting killed(The Boy Who Cried Wolf).

In the classroom
1. I would ask the students to each tell me each a way they can help to contribute to a tean effort.

2. Ask the students to volunteer to help out around thier school to allow
them to expeience how much fun it can be to be part of a team.
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LibraryThing member hwallen
A classic fable about hard work and sharing. This story is most helpful in educating children how they should treat one another and like to be treated. Teaching values and ideals of friendship, it is a timeless classic.
LibraryThing member jnicklas
Great pictures that will capture the audience of young children.
LibraryThing member kanders2
This classic focuses on a little red hen and friends who live in a little house. Hard work and perseverance are a theme in this story, which is complimented by wonderful illustrations.
LibraryThing member elpowers
Great rendition- cute pictures and good repetition. Great storytime book.
LibraryThing member MaryConner
A classic tale and one that teaches a good lesson. In the end, the mouse, cat, and dog learn that they have to help with the housework or they are not going to reap the rewards (eating cake for example). This is a great introduction to traditional tales and would be a fun one to use with the
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elementary grades. My kindergartner understood the message of this story right away.
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LibraryThing member jkk011
This book is about a hen needing help to harvest wheat but when she asks no one slightly help until she asked who would help her eat the bread. Then everyone wanted to help. This book teaches students how to help others and it can also be used for sequencing and prediction.
LibraryThing member Phil9
This was a great revisit of the traditional tale. You see the busy hen doing all the work to keep the house in order and attempt to make a fresh loaf of bread. Each of the characters were to busy sleeping or resting to help with any chores around the house. In the end they all wanted to enjoy the
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hens delicious bread but instead got a harsh scolding from the hen for not helping one bit.
The illustrations in this book were so fun. The formatting of the words and the goofy animal pictures and variety of sizes of the text aded to the fun of this book. I feel the way some pictures and animals stretched across pages was a great way to keep the attention of the reader. This was a hit with the kindergarten class that i work with because it had a great theme and the illustrations were quite amusing.
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LibraryThing member stoppe3
I love the story of The Little Red Hen! First, I think it teaches a good lesson to readers. Hard-work will pay off, and being lazy will not. The Little Red Hen's friends are lazy and do not help her make the bread, therefore they are not able to eat it. I also like that even though there are many
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different versions of the story, the main message never changes. Next, I like that the story clearly illustrates a sequencing process of how the little red hen. Sequencing is a very common lesson in younger grades, and this book is perfect for readers to sequence! Finally, I enjoy the characters. The story describes the little red hen as "busy" and her friends as "lazy." Readers will understand these adjectives more after reading.
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LibraryThing member Lakapp
"The Little Red Hen" written by Paul Galdone is a great book that speaks of the benefits of participation. In this story, a cat, a dog, a mouse, and the red hen all lived together in a house. Many chores needed to be completed throughout the story, but no one would help the hen complete the chores.
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The hen decided to make a cake and asked the cat, dog, and mouse for help but they refused. Everyone wanted to eat the cake when it was baked, but the hen didn't let them have any because they didn't help him. This is a great lesson about the importance of helping; I would read this to Kindergarten to Second grade students.
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LibraryThing member AMaffett
Since this book talks about how to make a cake I think it would be great to introduce "how to" writing to students.
LibraryThing member AyannaMagee
This is a book about a hen who wants to bake a cake and enlists the help of her friends. Unfortunately for her, her friends don’t want to help. She asks them each time she does something to make the cake and they all refuse to help. However, at the end of the book they all want to help her eat
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the cake.
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LibraryThing member emilystrong
This book talks about a hen who walks us through the process of baking bread from gathering yeast to the finished product.The little red hen does all the work while the lazy animals just want to sleep. This book is great to teach children that is always better to help out. There is a great moral to
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this story.
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LibraryThing member EmKel753
The Little Red Hen is a classic Russian folktale. In the tale the little red hen finds a grain of wheat and she asks some of the other farm animals to help her plant it and they all had an excuse as to why they couldn't help her. She asks the farm animals to help with some other tasks and again
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they all deny her. In the end she bakes a beautiful loaf of bread and when she asks who will help her it all the farm animals volunteer. However, she politely declines their help as none of them would help her make the bread. The moral of the story is, "you reap what you sow."
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LibraryThing member anunez1
In my opinion this is a good book. I say that it is only a good book because it is a beginner story that is short but memorable. As is the case of traditional literature stories, I did enjoy how the hen would ask questions along the way related to her initial discovery. This questioning pushes the
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reader to wonder why she is asking for help and why the other animals do not want to help her. In addition I enjoy how the responses given by the dog, cat, and duck are similar to the responses given by young children. This makes the story easy to read and understand. Lastly, I enjoyed how the pictures show the process of making the bread and how much work goes into this process. This gives children a different perspective on how bread is made. The big idea of the story is that nothing in life is free. In order to get a reward you have to put forth the effort.
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LibraryThing member csmith109
In my opinion this is a great book. I really like the writing in this story. I find the little red hen to be very sassy especially at the end of the story when she says she'll eat the bread all on her own! The writing was also very engaging because it rhymed! Rhyming is a great way to keep readers
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engaged especially at a young age because it makes them giggle.
Another aspect of this story that I really liked was the illustrations because they really enhanced the story and clarified any parts of the story that may have confused the reader. A reader may have been confused when the story was talking about growing the wheat because that is a process not everyone knows about. The illustrations allowed the reader to look and see what then hen was doing in order to grow and harvest the wheat. The main idea in this story is to always help your friends. You never know when you may need/want something from them (like some bread!).
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LibraryThing member BrittanyCanales
There was a hen, dog, mouse, and a cat that lived in a house together. The hen did all the house work like: cooking, cleaning, washing. One day the little red hen was outside raking and found some grains of seed. The little red hen asked the other animals who would help plant the seed and
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no one wanted to so she planted them herself. Then when the seeds grew and became stalks of wheat she asked who would help cut them down and again no one wanted to help so she did it again. Then she asked who would take the wheat to the mill to ground it and no one did so she did. Then she asked who would bake the flour into a cake but no one wanted to so she did. When the cake was finished all the animals came to eat the cake but the little red hen ate it all by herself because the others didn't help her make it. After this incident the other animals always came to help the little red hen.
Personal reaction
I liked this book because it shows that we need to help and take care of one another. I don't think the children understood what the book was about, maybe because the Children are too young, but at the end we had a discussion. They were still pretty lost. :)
I feel like this book would good to read during "caring for others" week. I could remind them of the book when we're cleaning up the classroom or setting the table. I love food experiments so I would probably have the children help me make our very own bread and eat it for snack (and whoever doesn't help doesn't get to eat the bread;) just kidding.)
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LibraryThing member Kelsly93
This book is a good example of showing the students that if you do not put forth an effort, then you are not going to get anything in return. Just like the red hen was doing all of the work on his own, he did not share what he got at the end.
LibraryThing member Gamino
Grades K-2. This is the familiar story of the red hen and her lazy friends. This story can be used for cause and effect, sequence and to demonstrated that it's important to help and treat each other with respect.
LibraryThing member katelyndraper
This very motivated red hen is stuck in a house with a lazy cat, dog, and mouse. She is the only one who will do all the household chores. When she find a package of wheat seeds she decides to plant them. The book follows her throughout turning the seeds into a baked cake. During each step the
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little red hen requests for assistance to which the dog, cat, and mouse all rely "not I". That is until the cake is ready to be eaten. The three learn that they must help to reap the benefits that come with hard work.
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LibraryThing member Ash13276
I enjoyed reading this book because this book was really big so therefore, the pictures were really big as well. There were not much to read, but a lot to look at which is always nice for the students. This book also had a reason behind it that a lot of students can connect with. The reason is that
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the students parent may ask for help but if they do not help then they will not be rewarded. Anyways, i will purchase this book before i become a teacher.
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0899193498 / 9780899193496


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