Synopses & Reviews
Little Red Hen is a time-tested cautionary tale about how we reap what we sow. When the hen asks a cat, dog, and mouse for help planting some wheat, she gets no takers: "and#8216;Not I!and#8217; said the cat. and#8216;Not I!and#8217; said the dog. and#8216;Not I!and#8217; said the mouse." They wonand#8217;t water, cut, or grind the wheat . . . or help bake a cake with it, either. So guess who eats the cake by herself in the end? The Caldecott Honor artist Paul Galdoneand#8217;s delightfully detailed ink and wash illustrationsand#8212;packed with charming detailsand#8212;add plenty of sly humor to the well-loved story that not only offers a sage message but also shows children what it takes to make a cake from the ground up!
"This imaginative rendition will surely help sustain the popularity of this old favorite."--School Library Journal, starred review
"Munsinger's vibrant, expressive watercolors give both bird and human so much vigor and personality it will be hard to keep from laughing out loud." Booklist, ALA and#160; "...delightfully droll..." SLJ
Munsinger's illustrations prop up this...tale with a brace of good cheer and well-tempered comedy.
The punchy story line will keep children laughing, and Munsinger's characteristic watercolor illustrations bring the tale to life, making Lester's cretures all the more entertaining and enjoyable.
School Library Journal
Lester enhances the basic story about handling emotions with a satisfying slapstick humor that's beautifully extended in Munsinger's hilarious, wildly expressive illustrations.
The visual humor and the many opportunities for group interaction may win the book its own cadre of storytime fans.
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Who will help the little red hen as she toils about the house all day? With its familiar refrain and colorful, humorous artwork, this timeless tale of hard work and perseverance is perfect for sharing.
Galdone's dynamic, amusing pictures add much humor to the familiar tale of the industrious hen and lazy cat, dog, and mouse.
Spoiled Princess Penelope cannot get her new parrot to talk, even after threatening it and calling it nasty names. But when Prince Percival comes courting, the parrot gets revenge on the greedy princess in a hilarious and fitting conclusion.
"The delightfully droll humor is carried out in whimsical watercolor illustrations." School Library Journal Spoiled Princess Penelope's new parrot simply wont talk, even when she rattles its cage, calls it names, and threatens to chain it up. But when Prince Percival comes courting, the clever parrot surprises them both when he opens his beak at exactly the wrong time! This new addition to the Laugh-Along Lessons series is about the importance of speaking carefully and kindly. Includes a parent/teacher discussion guide and downloadable audio!
Fragility, a solid and sensitive hippo, learns how to take a compliment after mistaking her friend's praises as insults. Features bonus downloadable audio.
Fragility the hippo is solid on the outside and fragile on the inside. In every compliment, Fragility hears an insult. If someone says she looks nice, she hears that she looks like a big, squishy cupcakeand#8212;since cupcakes are also nice. But soon, Rudy the bully comes along to insult her for real. In the face of these insults, will Fragility realize the difference between a jab and a compliment?
This lively, hilarious tale is now part of a fun, value-priced 8" x 8" hardcover series about life lessons.
Includes downloadable audio!
About the Author
LYNN MUNSINGER has illustrated more than ninety books for children. She graduated from Tufts University in Boston and the Rhode Island School of Design in Providence, where she majored in illustration. She lives in Connecticut and Vermont.
Helen Lester and Lynn Munsinger have been together through thick and thin since first publishing The Wizard, the Fairy, and the Magic Chicken in 1983. They have collaborated on the hilarious Tacky the Penguin series and many other wildly funny and popular titles, including the award-winning Hooway for Wodney Wat. Helen Lester is a full-time writer who makes her home in New York, and Lynn Munsinger is a full-time illustrator living in Vermont.