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The Little Red Hen | Paul Galdone - Alder & Alouette
The Little Red Hen | Paul Galdone - Alder & Alouette

The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone

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This timeless story of having your cake (and eating it, too!) comes to life with Paul Galdone's very popular version with his dynamic, amusing pictures in The Little Red Hen. A classic storybook for all young readers--and a cautionary tale for lazy ones. The Little Red Hen is a time-tested tale about how we reap what we sow.

When the Little Red Hen asks a cat, dog, and mouse for help planting some wheat, she gets no takers: "'Not I!' said the cat. 'Not I!' said the dog. 'Not I!' said the mouse." They won't help water, cut, or grind the wheat . . . or help bake a cake with her, either. So, in the end, what is the Little Red Hen to do!
Paul Galdone's delightfully detailed ink and wash illustrations--packed with charming details--add plenty of sly humor to the well-loved story that not only offers a sage message, but also shows children what it takes to make a cake from the ground up! 


  • The Little Red Hen
  • Retold and illustrated by Paul Galdone.
  • Published by Clarion Books, Boston, Massachusetts; March 18, 1985/ March 21, 2011.
  • Ages 4 to 7 years
  • Softcover: 0.2" H x 7.5" L x 6.9" W (0.25 lbs) 48 pages
  • Hardcover: 0.39" H x 8.24" L x 8.25" W (0.62 lbs) 48 pages