1. Author/Illustrator – Author and Illustrator: Byron Barton

2. Title and date of publicationThe Little Red Hen Published: 1993 by Harper Collins

3. Genre – Traditional Literature

4. Format – Picture Book

5. Award – No awards listed

6. Summary of book – The Little Red Hen had four friends who refused to help her plant, harvest and bake bread. When the Little Red Hen was finished baking the bread, all her friends wanted to eat but she refused them and fed only her three little chicks.

7. Strategies to use with the book
I actually do use this book in my classroom. The children love it! I teach special needs preschool, so it is short enough to hold their attention. I typically start story time by singing some type of farm song like the Farmer in the Dell. This gets the children quiet and ready to listen to the story. Then I read the book, stopping along the way to as questions to ensure comprehension. When I have higher functioning classes, we talk about how this could transfer to cleaning up our classroom after playtime or snack or lunch, etc.

After I read the book, we match some pre-selected picture vocabulary words on the felt board (If I had a smartboard like the rest of my school, we would use that, but I do not.) In order to do our vocabulary, we sing the “Surprise Bag” song and each child pulls out a vocabulary word. They then run it through the smart talk device, it reads the word to them and then they match it to the same picture on the felt board.

After we complete the picture vocabulary words, we sing another song and dance to get some movement in because we have a hard time sitting still for too long. Once we have had a chance to move, for this particular book, we would move to the cooking table and mix the ingredients to make bread and put it in the bread maker that I borrow from my mom. During centers, we would do some type of art project related to the book. The next day, we have the bread for snack.