Synopses & Reviews
Caldecott Medal winner Jerry Pinkney enlivens the beloved fable with cheerful and classically beautiful illustrations, making this the ideal edition for every childs library.
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 Pinkneys Puss in Boots and The Tortoise and the Hare or David Wiesners The Three Pigs.
"Perfect [for] sharing with one listener, or a crowd." Kirkus Reviews (starred review)
Cheerful [and] luminous. Kids will gleefully chime in.”Publishers Weekly (starred review)
A lush light-filled rendition of a folktale staple.”School Library Journal (starred review)
"Caldecott Honor artist Pinkney puts a sprightly spin on this classic tale with resplendent artwork that comically conveys the title character's energy and her barnyard colleagues' sloth. The little red hen bids a cheerful 'Good morning!' to a smiling sun in the luminous opening spread, in which even the garden flowers and fence slats have faces. Kids will gleefully chime in as the lazy animals, rendered realistically at close range, reiterate the familiar 'Not I' response to the hen's repeated requests for help. Adding further verve to the spreads, each animal's name appears in a hue that corresponds to its feathers, fur or hide. The fiery heroine pointedly attempts to draft the critters' help by pointing out its defining characteristics (while attempting to draft the dog's aid in planting the seeds, she says, 'Surely you will [help].... You are so fond of digging'), making their refusal the more biting. With feathers a-flutter, a determined countenance and straw bonnet tied under her chin, the little red hen cuts quite an appealing figure as she tackles her tasks surrounded by her adorable, fuzzy chicks. She dons a stylish shawl as she sets off solo to the mill, where smiling Mr. Miller grounds her grain into flour and presents her with a jar of berry jam. Capturing the contentment of the moment when the little red hen and her brood share the fruits of her labors, the tale's final words are 'Oh joy of joys!' bread and book alike. Ages 4-up." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"...perfect, as are the pictures, for sharing with one listener, or a crowd." -Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Cheerful [and] luminous. Kids will gleefully chime in.”—Publishers Weekly, starred review
“A lush light-filled rendition of a folktale staple.”—School Library Journal, starred review
The beloved tale of the hardworking hen and her lazy neighbors is retold in this glowing, gorgeous edition by Caldecott Honor winner Jerry Pinkney, who has created a definitive interpretation of the fable. Full color.
"Oh joy of joys!" That’s the last line of The Little Red Hen, and it is also the perfect expression of how the book makes readers feel. The beloved story of the hardworking hen and her lazy neighbors, with its Golden Rule message and its sassy finale, is just as relevant and satisfying as ever. And who better to enliven it than the masterful Jerry Pinkney, who, through his warm, winsome, and slyly funny depiction, has created a definitive interpretation of the tale. Cheerful and classically beautiful, this is the ideal edition for every child’s library.
About the Author
Jerry Pinkney is one of Americas most admired childrens book illustrators. He has won the Caldecott Medal and five Caldecott Honor Medals, five Coretta Scott King Awards, five New York Times Ten Best Illustrated Awards, the Society of Illustrators Original Art Show Lifetime Achievement Award, and many other prizes and honors. Recently a member of the National Council of the Arts and inducted into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he has also served on the U.S. Postal Service Citizens Stamp Advisory Committee. His artwork has been exhibited in galleries and museums throughout the country, including the Art Institute of Chicago, the Philadelphia Museum of Art, the Schomburg Center, and the Norman Rockwell Museum. Jerry Pinkney lives with his wife, author Gloria Jean Pinkney, in Westchester County, New York.