Friday, October 12, 2018

Fairy Tale and Folktale Fridays #32: The Little Red Hen

Hey there!  Welcome to "Fairy Tale and Folktale Fridays," a new feature on my blog where I discuss about some fairy tales and folktales I have read throughout the years. 

The Little Red Hen


Type: Fairy Tale / Fable

Country of Origin: Possibly Russian ?

Main Character Hero or Heroine: Heroine

Recommend?: Yes! 

The story starts off with the little red hen finding a grain of wheat and she asks her friends, the dog, the cat and the mouse if they will help her plant the wheat.  The dog, the cat and the mouse all said that they won't help and the little red hen ended up planting the wheat by herself. Afterwards, the little red hen started harvesting the wheat, milling the wheat into flour, and baking the flour into bread, all the while, she was also asking the dog, the cat, and the mouse to help her with these duties and yet, the three animals continue to refuse to help the little red hen.  Finally, the little red hen was able to make a delicious bread out of the wheat and she asks the dog, the cat, and the mouse if they will help her eat the bread.  The dog, the cat and the mouse immediately said yes, but the little red hen told them that they will not eat the bread since they didn't help her make the bread and she ended up eating the bread by herself!

I have always loved this story because I loved the fact that this story helps teach children about the importance of hard work and how you should help out your friends or family members whenever they need help.

1. Should you help out with your family members or friends if they needed help?

Yes, it's definitely important to help out your family members and friends during their time of need, especially if it deals with housework!

2. Do you think that the dog, the cat and the mouse deserved to be punished for not helping out the little red hen?

In a way, yes the deserved to get punished, because it wasn't fair to the little red hen that she had to do all the work by herself when the other animals could have helped her out.

The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone

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