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The little red hen
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2006
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  Booklist Review

PreS-K. The familiar story of the hen unable to get help receives the full Pinkney visual treatment here: meticulously crafted watercolors depicting a cast of unique characters. However, unlike Pinkney's Caldecott Honor Book, Noah's Ark (2002), this story doesn't offer much opportunity for action scenes. Consequently, the spreads are a bit static, focusing on the rat, the goat, the pig, and the dog who refuse to help Hen make the bread but are perfectly willing to share the finished product. The hen appears on the cover, red as an autumn leaf and decked out in a shawl and a hat, but the other animals are truer to their mangy, dirty natures (you can almost smell the goat). The miller who grinds the flour and gives the hen some jam is a nice touch; in fact, he looks a lot like Pinkney. Perfect for reading aloud, this picture book will be a solid addition to the folklore shelves. --Ilene Cooper Copyright 2006 Booklist

  Kirkus Review

In this pointed retelling of the familiar tale, Pinkney expands the cast by giving the industrious title bird a bevy of chicks, plus not three but four indolent animal neighbors, all of which are drawn naturalistically and to scale in big, comical farmyard watercolors. The plot follows its usual course: Hen finds the seed, tends and harvests the stand of grain by herself (the artist gives himself a cameo as the kindly miller, who not only grinds the crop, but provides a free jar of berry jam), then bakes an aromatic loaf of bread. The slothful dog, pig, rat and goat are not invited to share. The text too is a bit longer than other versions, maintaining its comfortably predictable structure but with extra detail and comments ("A very busy hen was she!") folded in--perfect, as are the pictures, for sharing with one listener, or a crowd. (Picture book/folktale. 4-7) Copyright ©Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.
Summary
Caldecott Medal winner Jerry Pinkney enlivens the beloved fable with cheerful and classically beautiful illustrations, making this the ideal edition for every child's library. <br> <br> As he did with his Caldecott-winning The Lion and the Mouse , Jerry Pinkney has masterfully adapted this story of the hardworking hen and her lazy neighbors. Its Golden Rule message and sassy finale are just as relevant and satisfying as ever. Read it in tandem with Pinkney's Puss in Boots and The Tortoise and the Hare or David Wiesner's The Three Pigs .<br> <br> <br> "Perfect [for] sharing with one listener, or a crowd." -- Kirkus Reviews (starred review)<br> <br> "Cheerful [and] luminous. Kids will gleefully chime in."-- Publishers Weekly (starred review)<br> <br> "A lush light-filled rendition of a folktale staple."-- School Library Journal (starred review)
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