|aThe little red elf /|cBarbara Barbieri McGrath ; illustrated by Rosalinde Bonnet
|aWatertown, MA :|bCharlesbridge,|c
|a1 volume (unpaged) :|bcolor illustrations ;|c24 cm
|aIllustrations rendered using acrylic paint and black ballpoint pen on acrylic special paper Clairfontaine (165 lb.)
|aIn this version of "The Little Red Hen," set at the North Pole, a penguin and a hare refuse to help an elf plant, grow, and decorate an evergreen tree but nevertheless expect to open the presents found under its branches on Christmas Day
This clever retelling of "The Little Red Hen" features a busy little red elf and her lazy friends: the hare, the penguin, and the reindeer. The elf cleans up and organizes Santa's workshop all by herself, but when she asks for help planting a pinecone, nobody wants to pitch in So she plants it herself, and waters it herself, and brings the Christmas tree indoors herself, and decorates it all by herself. She even puts out the milk and cookies for Santa herself. When the morning comes and it's time to open presents, the elf knows just how to reward her friends. A classic tale of hard work and just desserts, perfect for the holiday season.