"THE LITTLE RED HEN", a children's story.


Once upon a time a Pig, a Cat, a Dog and a Little Red Hen lived together in a
little house. The Pig, the Cat, and the Dog were all very lazy. The Little 
Red Hen had to do everything around the house by herself. All the Pig, the 
Cat, and the Dog wanted to do was play.

One day, as the Little Red Hen was raking in the yard, she found some seeds.
"Who will help me plant these grains of wheat?" she asked.

"Not I," said the Pig. "Not I," said the Cat. "Not I," said the Dog.

"Then I will do it myself," said the Little Red Hen. And she did.

Soon the wheat grew tall and golden. "Who will help me cut the wheat?" asked
the Little Red Hen.

"Not I," said the Cat. "Not I," said the Pig. "Not I," said the Dog.

"Then I will do it myself," said the Little Red Hen. And she did.

When the grain was cut and ready to be ground into flour, the Little Red Hen
asked, "Who will help me take the grain to the mill?"

"Not I," said the Pig. "Not I," said the Cat. "Not I," said the Dog.

"Then I will do it myself," said the Little Red Hen. And she did.

When the flour came back from the mill, the Little Red Hen asked, "Who will
help me bake the bread?"

"Not I," said the Cat. "Not I," said the Pig. "Not I," said the Dog.

"Then I will do it myself," said the Little Red Hen. And she did.

She made the flour into dough, and rolled the dough, and put it in the oven.
When the bread was baked, she took it out of the oven. Mmmmmm! Didn't it
smell good!

"Who will help me eat this bread?" asked the Little Red Hen.

"I will," said the Pig. "I will," said the Cat. "I will," said the Dog.

"Oh, no, you won't!" said the Little Red Hen. "I found the seeds. I planted
them. I harvested the grain and took it to the mill. I made the flour into
bread. I did the work by myself, and now I am going to eat the bread ---
all by myself." 

And she did.