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The Little Red Hen (1934)

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In this classic fable, a hen asks help with chores from other farm animals. None of the animals want to help do work, but they all want to share the fruits of the hen's labor.


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A hen and her chicks stumble across some wheat. The hen asks other farm animals to help her sow the wheat, but they all decline. They also refuse to help her water and harvest the wheat or bake bread with the resulting grains. She and her chicks manage to do all the work themselves, then delight in refusing to share the bread with the animals who would not help her to make it. Written by Melissa

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No Work, No Food - A Clever Singing Cartoon
9 April 2008 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This turned out to be better than I thought at first. It looked very dated and boring but it wound up interesting and clever in its own right. It's a "tale" of the "Little Red Hen" and her quest to feed her little chicks. Most of this - but not all - is done in song, either by the hen or by some singing the introductions to the three parts of the tale.

The hen asks her buddies: a pig, a duck and a mouse to help her make a patch to grow a wheat, then seed it, harvest it, bake it and eat it. They decline on every count but the last. The pig says he's too fat to work; the duck says his feet are too flat, and the mouse says, "ask the cat."

The song, sung in three stanzas, is catchy and the inventiveness of the hen is entertaining to watch.

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