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Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Wonderful Wednesday

by Mary Finch, illustrated by Kate Slater

Little Red Hen by Mary Finch, illustrated by Kate Slater is a cut-paper collage adaptation of the Little Red Hen folktale.
The hardback book comes with a CD with Debra Messing reading the story.  There is depth and dimension to the artwork. I like how she has added some photographs in her cut-paper, and the details are bits and pieces here and there, but not too busy.  They match the simple folktale. Find more information about the artist on her website, here, and here.  Kate Slater is relatively new to the picture book world.  I look forward to more books from her.
I'll use this title with other traditional versions when I go to an elementary school and read to and talk about different variants of a folktale.  It's simple enough to use with preschoolers, and interesting enough to read with third and fourth graders, and all those in between.
The Little Red Hen story is great to use with children, because you can tie in math, with measuring, science with the plant growth, and reading with narrative skills.  I would add that social studies could be introduced with discussion about how people get along and work together. 

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