The Little Red Hen – 2008


By: Guest Authors

By: Christopher M. Barra

Once upon a time there was a Little Red Hen named Sarah. She lived on a farm with a Pretty Cat named Barrack, a Wise Old Duck named Joe and a Big Dog named Nancy.

One day The Little Red Hen decided she wanted to make some bread. She asked the cat, the dog and the duck if they would like to help her, they all said: “No, thank you”.

She said: “All right, I can do it myself”, and went ahead and got all the ingredients, mixed, needed and pounded the dough, and asked again if the cat, the duck or the dog wanted to help her finish baking the bread.

They all said “No thank you” and were very nice.

Well, the bread soon was in the oven and the aroma permeated the farmhouse. The Little Red Hen gave them yet another chance to help her take the hot bread out of the oven and slice it up.

They all said “No Thank you.”

When The Little Red Hen was finished, she didn’t offer to share the bread. But instead sat down alone to eat it.

The Pretty Cat said: “Hey, Little Red Hen, you should be neighborly and give us all some bread. It is the neighborly thing to do.”

The Little Red Hen said: “No, Pretty Cat, you had your chance, and didn’t help to make it, so I won’t share it with you. Neighborly-ness has to go both ways or it doesn’t work for everyone in the neighborhood. Maybe next time you will help.”

The Wise Old Duck puffed up his feathers and said: “Where I come from we call it fairness. Share the bread, Little Red Hen.”

The Little Red Hen said: “I’m sorry Wise Old Duck, but you didn’t help either. Next time you can help me too, and then I will be happy to share it. That’s how it is where I come from.”

The Big Dog growled and said: “I want some bread.”

The Little Red Hen said : “No – You had a chance to help too.”

The Pretty Cat had an idea. He said: “We don’t have to argue, we can all come together and agree. Lets vote to see if we should share the bread.”

They all voted. It was 3 votes for, and 1 vote against sharing the bread.

The Little Red Hen still didn’t want to share her bread.

The Big Dog snarled, showed her teeth and said: “We all voted fairly. It is not your bread now. If you don’t share your bread, I will bite you and we will take all of it and leave you none – and I want butter, put butter on mine and serve me.”

The Little Red Hen said: “O.K., Big Dog, you do have very big, scary teeth.” And so The Little Red Hen served her bread dinner to Pretty Cat, Wise Old Duck, and Big Dog.

Unfortunately they didn’t live happily ever after.

Right after cleaning up dinner, The Little Red Hen sneaked out of the house, ran away and was never seen or heard from again. The next day the Big Dog, The Pretty Cat and the Wise Old Duck were hungry again, and so voted 2 to 1 to have duck for dinner. The day after that, the Big Dog ate the Pretty Cat while he was sleeping. She knew that the Pretty Cat was much too clever and quick for her to catch while he was awake.

Sadly, the Big Dog soon starved to death because although she was good at voting, she never learned how make bread.

Christopher M. Barra, M.S.
Pensacola, FL

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