Little Red Rosie
Little Red Rosie
By Eric A Kimmel
Illustrated by Monica Gutierrez
Jacketed Hardcover, 32pp, $17.95
In this playful version of The Little Red Hen, a young girl enlists her animal friends to help make the challah for Rosh Hashanah. With humorous, lively illustrations, this story captures the values of imagination, responsibility, and welcoming guests.
About the Author
Eric A. Kimmel is the author of more than a hundred books for children, including the classic Hershel and the Hanukkah Goblins. He is the only author to have won the National Jewish Book Award five times—for The Chanukkah Guest, The Mysterious Guests, Wonders & Miracles, The Golem’s Latkes, and Hanukkah Bear. The Association of Jewish Libraries has awarded him the Sydney Taylor Award for Lifetime Achievement. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
About the Illustrator
Mónica Gutierrez has illustrated many children’s books, including Bink and Slinky’s Ark Adventure, winner of the Mom’s Choice Award and the Literary Classics International Book Award, and Three Little Pigs and a Lone Wolf. She lives in Argentina.
About Apples & Honey Press
Apples & Honey Press brings together the best authors and illustrators from North America and Israel to create memorable stories for children that illuminate the values of family, community, having fun, and being the best we can be.
Click here to watch a slideshow of Little Red Rosie, read by none other than author Eric A. Kimmel himself!
Reviews for Little Red Rosie
Category: Picture Books
"As in the story of the little red hen, Little Red Rosie, a Jewish white girl, is baking bread, but she is baking festive challah. In the folk tale, the hen gets no help and must do everything herself. In this lively picture book, Rosie's stuffed animals, and Toucan, Parrot, and Hornbill (and a yellow bird that observes) help make the loaves, both the usual braided type and the round challah, symbolic of the cycle of life and God's crown and made specifically for the high holidays. No adults help, but Kimmel writes in his afterword that Rosie "practices being the capable one — the parent — with her bird friends." Rosie's repetitive questions, as in "Who will help me knead the dough?" and the frequent, eager "I will" responses of the main avian characters will help young readers join in. Watercolor paintings set in a modern kitchen detail the mess and emphasize the story's fun. The three birds are pictured sitting on the (covered) rising dough "like it was an egg in a nest." The shaping of the dough into challah is quite amusing. Luckily, the loaves are ready for the neighborhood holiday dinner, a multiethnic affair. Readers wishing for educational extras will need to look elsewhere for a description of the holiday and the festive foods pictured (pomegranate, apple, and honey), a Hebrew transliteration of the English prayer, and a challah recipe. An attractive, different take on a holiday tale."
"A way to encourage young children to participate in holiday traditions and to strive to better themselves through their experiences. Libraries with a significant Eric Kimmel fanbase, who are looking to expand their Rosh Hashanah picture book collection, or who teach comparative literature units on classic children's tales may consider Little Red Rosie for their collection."