The Little Red Hen by Philomen Sturges
(Makes a Pizza)

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Kids love pizza, and they will love this cleverly illustrated, up-to-date retelling of the traditional Little Red Hen story. In this new version, the intrepid fowl spies a can of tomato sauce in her cupboard and knows it's time to make a lovely little pizza.

Children will enjoy following the process of making a pizza as the Little Red Hen--who can get no help from the duck, the dog, or the cat--buys an appropriate pan, kneads the dough, cuts and chops vegetables (and other stuff) for a fabulous topping, and bakes a humongous pizza ("It was lovely, but it wasn't little"). Despite many a "Not I," the duck, the dog, and the cat finally do help out (of course) in ways that will surprise and delight young readers.

Amy Walrod's exuberant, witty cut-paper art combines interesting composition with humorous expression and detail to create a world that gives a special accent to the offbeat adaptation.

 

About Philomen Sturges

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Philemon Sturges was an architect and the author of several books for children, including "I Love Trains!, I Love Trucks!, I Love Planes!, I Love School!, " and "I Love Bugs! Walrod holds a bachelor of fine arts degree from the Rhode Island School of Design.
 
Published September 1, 1999 by Dutton Juvenile. 32 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Nature & Wildlife, Children's Books, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences. Fiction

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In the best refashioning of a classic folktale since Eugene Trivizas’s Three Little Wolves and the Big Bad Pig (1993), Sturges hilariously extends and modernizes the original.

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At the start, two tall ships approach a desert isle from opposite directions, and one porcine pirate crew discovers a treasure: "This little pirate spied the island./ This little pirate saw the rocks./ This little pirate dropped the anchor,/ and this little pirate found the box./ Then this big pi...

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"This retelling of The Little Red Hen exudes charm, thanks to conversational narration and delightful cut paper images," wrote PW in a starred review.

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""This retelling of The Little Red Hen exudes charm, thanks to conversational narration and delightful cut paper images,"" wrote PW in a starred review.

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One day, the feathered heroine, assembled from russet, fibrous paper stock and wearing a teal scarf, has a hankering for pizza and attempts to recruit the help of her neighbors--a yellow duck in a flowered swim cap, a cardboard-brown dog sporting a biscuits box and party hat and a hip blue cat wi...

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