The Little Red Hen gives old MacDonald some pointers on composting — and a legendary farm is born — in this rhyming, rollicking read-aloud.
Once upon a time, Old MacDonald didn’t have a farm. He just had a yard — a yard he didn’t want to mow. But under the direction of the wise (and ecologically sensitive) Little Red Hen, Mac learns to look at the environment in a very different way, and whole new worlds start to bloom with the help of some mud, garbage, horse poop, and worms! Judy Sierra’s spirited verse, paired with Matthew Myers’s exuberant illustrations, yields a fresh take on a children’s classic, complete with raised-bed gardens and an organic farmers’ market—making this a perfect story for armchair gardeners and devoted locavores of all sizes.
About the Author
Judy Sierra is the author of many award-winning books for children including the bestsellers "Antarctic Antics", illustrated by Jose Aruego and Ariane Dewey; "Wild About Books", illustrated by Marc Brown; and "The Secret Science Project that Almost Ate the School", illustrated by Stephen Gammell. Sierra holds a PhD in folklore and mythology from the University of California, Los Angeles, and is renowned for her retellings of traditional tales. She lives with her husband in Northern California. Visit her online at JudySierra.net.
After a twenty-year career as an award-winning art director, Matthew Myers discovered his true vocation--illustrating picture books. His works for Roaring Brook Press include "Tyrannosaurus Dad" and "A Is for Musk Ox." He lives and works in North Carolina.
Sierra has written an ingenious parable that’s ripped-from-the-headlines (or HGTV), and she has a two-peas-in-a-pod partnership with Myers, whose sculptural pictures and sly comedy add just the right amount of visual extravagance.
—Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Myers’ inventive acrylic-on–illustration board paintings add a bushel of laugh-out-loud details, from documents attesting to Red’s impressive horticultural credentials to an in-your-face depiction of horse poop. ... Bits of Sierra’s text can be sung to the familiar tune, rendering this a good choice for spring storytimes and family read-alouds. Sierra’s upbeat look at small-scale local farming, fulsomely fertilized by Myers, yields a harvest of good fun.
A sustainability take on the old nursery rhyme, this humorous go-round places the Little Red Hen in the role of consultant to Old MacDonald. ... Myers’ acrylic-and-oil illustrations are eye-popping, with wildly exaggerated faces and bodies. A fun twist on an old favorite.
Myers’s illustrations capture the fun with expressive animals and grumpy, bow-tied neighbors. This title offers a great way to extend the song into a lesson about the plant cycle and suburban farming. An excellent purchase for general collections as well as curriculum support.
—School Library Journal
Written in rhyme and perfectly complemented by comical illustrations, this very funny story on ecology is a brilliant gem.
—Pocono Record (syndicated from Kendal Rautzhan)
Clever couplets and bright, comic illustrations.
—San Francisco Chronicle