Monday, January 16, 2012

Children's Book Review: The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza)

The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza)

The Little Red Hen (Makes a Pizza)
Written by: Philemon Sturges
Illustrated by: Amy Walrod
Published by: Puffin, 2002
32 pages

The story of the industrious Little Red Hen is not a new one, but when this particular hen spies a can of tomato sauce in her cupboard and decides to make a pizza, the familiar tale takes on a fresh new twist. Kids will love following along as the hen, with no help from her friends the duck, the dog, and the cat, goes through the steps of making a pizza-shopping for supplies, making the dough, and adding the toppings. But despite their initial resistance, the hen's friends come through in the end and help out in a refreshing and surprising way.

* This book has been in a bucket with the tons of other books that I've bought through the course of my teaching career.  It's a take on the classic tale of The Little Red Hen, where in this story she makes a pizza.  It has the repetitiveness of the original story, where my son was predicting what the animals would say when the Little Red Hen asked them to do something.  I was pleasantly surprised at the ending, with a definite twist from the original. The illustrations are bright and colorful.

Family Rating: 1 1/2 thumbs up.

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