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this week's library book

There are lots of versions of The Little Red Hen out there, and I haven't read them all. But this version by Jerry Pinkney is my new favorite. My mother used to tell us this story all the time when I was growing up. I can't read this book without thinking of her, ever calm, trying to get dinner on the table while enlisting the help of her six kids.

The little red hen finds some wheat seeds on the ground and asks the animals in the barnyard to help her plant them. They all shake their heads. "Not I," they say. So the little red hen plants them herself, with the help of her chicks.

When the wheat is ready for harvest, she asks again "Who will help me harvest the wheat?" And all the barnyard animals reply "Not I". So she does it herself, then marches off to take the wheat to the mill to be ground.

"Who will help me bake the bread?" she asks. Of course she gets no volunteers, so she makes the bread with the help of her chicks. When the aroma of the baking bread circles the barnyard, all the animals come to the window. "We will help you eat the bread!"

But the little red hen clucks "No. My chicks and I will eat it." The last page reads: She set the table for herself and her family, cut the warm, soft bread, then spread sweet berry jam on each slice. Oh joy of joys!

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Reader Comments (8)

awww.... thank you for story time :O)
that was really sweet!

07.29.2009 | Unregistered Commenterrobin

I've always loved that story. It's a classic! I love how the pictures has the piece of bread on the table.

07.29.2009 | Unregistered CommenterCrystal F.

Thank you for introducing us to this version, I hadn't come across it before and am off to find a copy online now.


07.30.2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristie

I always loved this story... and this version looks great. Thanks for sharing!

oh we just picked this up today! Love it too!

07.30.2009 | Unregistered CommenterNicole

I used to have a boardbook of this story and I memorized it so quickly that I would tell people I was "reading" and just do voices and say all the words. Such a great story. : )

07.31.2009 | Unregistered CommenterRhiannonM

A really great version of this book is "Little Red Hen Makes A Pizza" It is wonderfully illustrated and my kids jut love it, in fact we have had the book for several years, and in the last couple of days we have revisited this and have been reading this every night at least twice. It is such a great book.

07.31.2009 | Unregistered Commenteramyks

Aw, I remember that from my childhood! So sweet. I'll get it next library trip.

08.4.2009 | Unregistered Commentermelanie

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