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With Love, Little Red Hen

Press: Turtleback Books: A Division of Sanval (December 2004)
Author Name:Ada, Alma Flor/ Tryon, Leslie (ILT)


Hidden Forest has a new resident. 
Little Red Hen and her seven little chicks have moved into a cottage and plan to grow a bountiful crop of corn in the nearby field.
The problem is that none of the Red Hen's neighbors are willing to help with the hard work.
"Not I," says the dog, the goose, and the lazy cat.
So Goldilocks, who has heard about the new arrivals from her friend Little Red Riding Hood, comes up with a neighborly idea: Why don't all the residents of Hidden Forest chip in and work on the garden? Better yet, why not make it a surprise? Of course there are a couple of residents who might not be so cooperative.
Will Wolfy Lupus and his cousin Fer O'Cious hatch a new plot of their own? Following the highly acclaimed Dear Peter Rabbit and Yours Truly, Goldilocks, Alma Flor Ada and Leslie Tryon offer young readers another peek into the world of their favorite storybook characters, revealed through the charming letters they write to one another.

From School Library Journal

K-Gr 3-In this engaging sequel to Ada's Dear Peter Rabbit (1994) and Yours Truly, Goldilocks (1998, both Atheneum), the Little Red Hen and her chicks move into the Happy Valley section of the Hidden Forest. 
The hen's request for help from her lazy neighbors is met with the familiar chorus, "Not I." She writes of her new surroundings and adventures in letters to her friend Hetty Henny.
Little does she know that she is the topic of conversation in letters between Little Red Riding Hood and Goldilocks, who secretly decide to give her a hand.
But not all is happy in Happy Valley with Wolfy Lupus and Fer O'Cious trying to make meals out of their neighbors.
Hetty has a close call, but her scissors, needle, and thread provide her with a way out of trouble.
Finally, when the Little Red Hen throws a party for her neighbors, the bad guys lose their opportunity to make a chicken dinner and slink off in shame and disappointment.
Tryon's charming pen-and-ink with watercolor illustrations depict a bucolic paradise with neighbors who look out for one another.
Team the three Hidden Forest books with Janet and Allan Ahlberg's The Jolly Postman (Little, Brown, 1986) and Each Peach Pear Plum (Viking, 1979) for a fun look at nursery rhymes and at letter writing.Bina Williams, Bridgeport Public Library, CTCopyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Booklist

Ages 5-8. 
Like Dear Peter Rabbit (1994) and Yours Truly, Goldilocks (1998), this addition to an imaginative series once again comprises letters between beloved storybook characters.
Correspondence here describes the Little Red Hen's arrival in the Hidden Forest, an enchanted place where a number of familiar storybook characters reside.
Ada does a great job entwining the lives of previously unrelated characters into one intriguing story.
Tryon's realistic, highly detailed watercolor and pen-and-ink illustrations are equally appealing, especially the splendid double-page spread depicting the celebratory party Little Red Hen throws for the friends who helped her plow and plant the field.
It's not essential for youngsters to be familiar with the previous books or with the stories on which the letters are based, but having background will certainly add to enjoyment.
Lauren PetersonCopyright © American Library Association.
All rights reserved

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


"Tryon's watercolor illustrations depict this make-believe world with delectable detail and irresistible charm." (School Library Journal, July 2012)

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

About the Author

Alma Flor Ada, an authority on multicultural and bilingual education, is the recipient of the 2012 Virginia Hamilton Literary Award, and in 2014 she was honored by the Mexican government with the prestigious OHTLI Award. 
She is the author of numerous award-winning books for young readers, including Dancing Home with Gabriel Zubizarreta, My Name Is María Isabel, Under the Royal Palms (Pura Belpré Medal), Where the Flame Trees Bloom, and The Gold Coin (Christopher Award Medal).
She lives in California, and you can visit her at AlmaFlorAda.com.Leslie Tryon is the author of the Albert books and several others for young readers.
She is also the illustrator of Alma Flor Ada's Dear Peter Rabbit and With Love, Little Red Hen.
She lives in Carmel Valley, California.

--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.


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  •     I searched for this book to add to a Christmas gift for my friend. I bought it to go with a ceramic baking dish that is a red hen. The book is so well illistrated and there is a bit of a twist in the story of the Little Red Hen. I am sure she will love it!

  •     A story called With Love, Little Red Hen by Alma Flrada.It is a story that starts and ends in letter form.

  •     The Little Red Hen is adorable and shares her adventures with us and makes us laugh. Good to read to children, holds their attention and is fun to read.

  •     This story is about sending letters.And the characters that wrote the letters are Hetty Hen,Little Red Hen,Little Red Riding Hood,Goldilocks,Wolfy Lupus,and Fer O' Cious.

  •     :)

  •     This book tells the familiar story of a the little red hen who gets others to help her plant a garden to feed her brood.

  •     Old standard, beautiful illustrations, well pleased.

  •     I bought this as a gift for a friend. She really liked it. I peeked at it before giving it to her and liked it too. It's sort of a fractured Fairy Tale. CUTE!

  •     In this book, learning how to write properly is demonstrated by each of the characters! Students can be taught the significance of writing letters in a fun and entertaining way!

  •     My friend suggested this book to me and when I read it, as a mother of 7 of my own chicks, I cried. This is a sweet tale of neighborly kindness and the joys of hard work and service. I love how it ties in all the fairy tale characters and let me introduce some lesser known fairly tales to my children. This is well written and illustrated in such a cute style. I love it!

  •     The pictures are gorgeous! But if you are getting this for really young kids beware that there are ALOT of words.

  •     Love this book- there are 3 or 4 in this series that you will want to read along with this book

  •     a super example of how students can take a traditional story and tweak it to make it their own


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