The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza
Title: The Little Red Hen Makes a Pizza
Author: Philomen Sturges
In this version of the traditional tale, the duck, the dog, and the cat refuse to help the Little Red Hen make a pizza but do get to participate when the time comes to eat it.
Lexile Level: 320
Guided Reading Level: M
A spirited, quirky, and thoroughly modern remake of the classic tale about an industrious hen and the gastronomical rewards of hard work and self-reliance.
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.