The Little Red Hen by Heather Forest and illustrated by Susan Gaber

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I found a lovely illustrated copy of The Little Red Hen by Heather Forest and illustrated by Susan Gaber. The hen doesn’t share the cake at the end, so the reader gets the lesson (unlike in some versions). I appreciate it when the lesson is taught in this type of traditional tale. The dog, cat, and mouse help the hen the next time, though! So the lesson is learned, we hope.

The illustrations are absolutely gorgeous. I intend to find more children’s stories illustrated by Susan Gaber. Somehow, she was able to capture emotions in a hen, and yet still keep it a realistic-looking animal. She has an amazing painting talent! Visit Susan Gaber’s website here. A sample picture from The Little Red Hen is here on her site.

Reviewed on March 6, 2009

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Rebecca Reid

Rebecca Reid is a homeschooling, stay-at-home mother seeking to make the journey of life-long learning fun by reading lots of good books. Rebecca Reads provides reviews of children's literature she has enjoyed with her children; nonfiction that enhances understanding of educational philosophies, history and more; and classical literature that Rebecca enjoys reading.

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