Ruby’s mind is always full of ideas. One day, she finds some old boards and decides to build something. She invites her brothers to help, but they just laugh and tell her she doesn’t know how to build. “Then I’ll learn,” she says. And she does! When she creates a dazzling fort that they all want to play in, it is Ruby who has the last laugh. With sprightly text and winsome pictures, this modern spin on the timeless favorite The Little Red Hen celebrates the pluck and ingenuity of young creators everywhere!
This is a clever engineering twist on the classic “Little Red Hen” tale, and I appreciated Ruby’s self-confidence and the way the adults in her life support her in her fort building. The sibling interactions, while perhaps realistic, leave something to be desired, although in the end everyone contributes and plays nice, which is a win.
Although Brenda Maier lived on a farm for the first few years of her life, she has never seen a chicken sing, tell jokes, or read. In addition to writing, Brenda enjoys reading, baking, traveling, and spending time with her husband and their five children. She lives in Oklahoma, where she works as a gifted education specialist.