THE LITTLE RED HEN by Heather Forest
Kirkus Star

THE LITTLE RED HEN

An Old Fable
adapted by , illustrated by
Age Range: 4 - 7

KIRKUS REVIEW

Most rhyming retellings of traditional stories miss the mark and lose the original charm, but not in this case. Forest and Gaber’s third collaboration bakes up a culinary concoction of cake (in place of bread) that is fresh, folksy and fun. Coincidentally, this is the second version published in 2006, the other one by Jerry Pinkney. As with all renditions, the animals vary. Gaber gives personality to the dog, a Corgi carrying a blue blanket, a black-and-white cat that plays with a string of yarn and a mouse who’s always reading a book about mice in different languages. Her folk-art images cleverly use ovoid shapes as a motif throughout (portrait insets of the animals, for instance) and imaginatively depict how the hen carries out each step, e.g., she uses her beak to cut the wheat and to hold a wooden spoon to stir the batter. Forest’s rhymes are a little more casual than Pinkney’s. Refined or rustic? Libraries will want both. Who will help read and enjoy this story? Everyone. (Picture book/folktale. 4-7)

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 2006
ISBN: 0-87483-795-2
Page count: 32pp
Publisher: Little Folk/August House
Review Posted Online:
Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 15th, 2006




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