The Red Hen

Father-daughter team, Ed and Rebecca Emberley, rewrite the classic tale of the industrious hen and the lazy animals who won’t help in The Red Hen. A few differences, such as a cat, rat and frog refusing to help instead of the regular farm animals and the hen baking Simply Splendid Cake (recipe included) make this a fun version to compare to the original.

Bright and colourful illustrations engage the reader. Take a look at the animals’ eyes:  no two are alike. No wonder the poor busy chicken looks slightly crazed at the end when she’s done all the work of baking the cake. My only question is, why does she even ask if anyone will help her eat it?


About AnEducationInBooks

Wendy BooydeGraaff is the author of Salad Pie, a children's picture book published by Ripple Grove Press. Her work has been published in Emrys Journal Online, The Emerson Review, Jellyfish Review, Bending Genres, SmokeLong Quarterly and Leopardskin & Limes, and is forthcoming in NOON. Read more work at or find her on Twitter @BooyTweets.
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