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By Jenny Morriswriter and teacher who has run her own nursery school

Celebrate storytelling and reading out loud. The children will love joining in with this wonderful story of The Cockerel, the Mouse and The Little Red Hen

The cockerel, the mouse and the Little Red Hen

The Cockerel, the Mouse and The Little Red Hen

The little red hen, the cockerel and the mouse live on a hill opposite a family of foxes. The fox children are hungry, so their father plans to capture the little red hen, the cockerel and the mouse to feed his family.

The cockerel and the mouse are lazy and never help the little red hen with the housework. One day, there is a knock at the door, and as the mouse opens it, father fox leaps in and captures them all.

As usual, the little red hen comes to the rescue and, with her quick thinking, they all manage to escape.

The Cockerel, the Mouse and The Little Red Hen, illustrated by Jess Stockham (Flip Up Fairy Tales series, Child’s Play), priced £5.99 HB; £5.99 PB with CD. Visit Child’s Play or call 01793 616286.

Personal, Social and Emotional Development

  • The fox family were bad tempered. Discuss with the children what sort of things make them feel grumpy or put them in a bad mood. Why do the children think the foxes were upset?
  • The fine, white cockerel and the small, dark mouse were lazy and grumpy and never helped the little red hen with the chores around the house. Talk about this and encourage the children to help share the jobs in your setting.
  • The little red hen helped her friends to escape from the bad-tempered fox’s sack. Talk about what things the children do to to help their friends.
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