Little Red Hen updated

January 7, 2010 at 6:32 pm

The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza) by Philemon Sturges, illustrated by Amy Walrod; published by Dutton Children’s Books, New York; 1999.

This fractured fairy tale is a retelling of the Little Red Hen story in which she attempts to get her friends to help her bake bread (or cake, depending on the storyteller) but the lazy beasts won’t help—until it’s time to eat.  Sturges puts a modern twist on the tale by switching the bread to pizza and having Hen visit the grocery store rather than grow the wheat.  Walrod’s mixed media images help tell the silly story with outrageous images of Hen and her friends struggling to get the pizza made (and eaten).

I can think of innumerable pizza stories to put together along with activities for a take-home or educational box.  Older children could compare and contrast the various “Little Red Hen” folktales.


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