The Little Red Hen by Margot Zemach
An Old Story

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The legendary, lovable little red hen, famous for her industriousness and independent spirit, returns with more verve than ever in Margot Zemach's interpretation of the classic story. Though small in stature, the little red hen comes through loud and clear when she asks her friends the goose, the cat, and the pig: "Who will plant this wheat?" When they reply "Not I!" our sturdy heroine, assisted by her brood of chicks, sets about planting the wheat herself.
At each step along the way--harvesting, threshing, taking the grain to the mill--the little red hen's lazy friends refuse to lift hoof, paw, or wing to help. But when her efforts yield a warm, fragrant loaf of bread, the little red hen is glad to say: "Now I'm going to eat it myself!"

About Margot Zemach

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Margot Zemach (1931-89) was born in Los Angeles, California. She began illustrating stories by her husband, Harve, in 1959, and their subsequent collaborations led to many enduring children's books, including" The Judge: An Untrue Tale, a Caldecott Honor Book; A Penny a Look," an ALA Notable Book; and "Duffy and the Devil," recipient of the Caldecott Medal.
Published November 1, 1983 by Farrar, Straus and Giroux (BYR). 32 pages
Genres: Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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Nonetheless, the book is worth having for an important picture-book reason: the interest and fun of seeing a fresh, animated, strongly characterized depiction of a classic nursery tale--not so different from a fresh interpretation of a traditional song or a standard role.

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