The Little Red Hen

Byron Barton, Author, Byron Barton, Illustrator
Byron Barton, Author, Byron Barton, Illustrator HarperCollins $16.99 (32p) ISBN 978-0-06-021675-7
Reviewed on: 03/29/1993
Release date: 01/01/1900
Library Binding - 32 pages - 978-0-06-021676-4
Board Books - 1 pages - 978-0-694-00999-2
Prebound-Sewn - 978-0-613-95128-9
Paperback - 32 pages - 978-0-06-443379-2
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As he did in The Three Bears , Barton here skillfully pares down a well-known tale for the youngest readers and listeners. Vibrant hues abound in his full-page, collage-like illustrations, which show the industrious little red hen and her three cooperative chicks planting seeds; harvesting, threshing and grinding wheat; and baking bread--while a carefree pig, duck and cat cavort merrily, repeatedly refusing to lend a hand. Of course, their one and only offer to help is turned down, and as the three hapless animals peer through the hen's kitchen window, she serves the warm loaf to her open-mouthed offspring. Creatively balancing simple sentences and vivid images, Barton wraps up this wise mother's timeless message into a neat package. Ages 3-6. (May)
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