PODCAST. The Little Red Hen is an old folk tale of the fable type, most likely of Russian origin. The story is applied in teaching children the virtues of work ethic and personal initiative. Read by Lorraine Sarullo. Thanks Lorraine. If you like to read bedtime stories, like Lorraine, contact the Buzz studios and come on down and record!
Role in reading instruction
During the 1880s, reading instruction in the United States continued to evolve to include primers that became known as literature readers. Prior to this time highly moralistic and religious texts were used to teach literacy. The Little Red Hen offers a moralistic tale of the importance of hard work and the shame, as well as consequences of laziness. During this time, consideration of the interest of the young reader became more central to the teaching of reading. In considering the young reader, the authors of this genre made their texts appealing visually both through illustrations and text formatting. “Margaret Free and Harriette Taylor Treadwell were the first authors to prepare beginning readers with a content consisting wholly of adaptations from the old folktales.” (Smith, 1965/2002, p. 141). The genre of the folktale lent itself to repetitive vocabulary – an early reading strategy still in use today.
In the tale, the little red hen finds a grain of wheat and asks for help from the other farmyard animals (most adaptations feature three animals, a pig, a cat, and a rat, duck, goose, dog, or goat) to plant it, but they all refuse.
At each later stage (harvest, threshing, milling the wheat into flour, and baking the flour into bread, the hen again asks for help from the other animals, but again she doesn’t receive any help.
Finally, the hen has completed her task and asks who will help her eat the bread. This time, all the previous non-participants eagerly volunteer, but she disagrees with them, stating that no one helped her with her work. Thus, the hen eats it with her chicks, leaving none for anyone else.
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