Wednesday, April 21, 2010
The Little Red Chook - a disturbing tale
I didn't know the story of the little red hen (or chook, as we would call her in Oz), so I looked it up on Wikipedia. I learnt that it was probably originally a Russian folktale, which was made into a Little Golden Book (did you have those when you were growing up? I had a few - my favourite was The Kitten Who Thought He Was A Mouse). The story is of a hardworking hen who sows wheat, harvests it, takes it to the mill, grinds it into flour, and makes bread ... while the do-nothing duck, dog and cat refuse to help until the bread is ready to eat.
I know the LRH is the heroine of this tale, but frankly, I was so much more attracted to the duck, the dog and the cat. I suspect most children would be, too.
I also made the disturbing discovery that the Little Red Hen is the same shape as Tasmania, the island state of Australia, where I live: