Little Red Hen and the Three Bears

Once upon a time there were three Bears.

A Papa bear, a mama bear, and a little baby bear.

They all lived in a small house in the forest.

One morning Mama bear prepared breakfast. And the three Bears sat down to their bowls of porridge.

But the porridge was too hot! So the three Bears decided to go for a walk while the porridge cooled.

Soon after they left, along came Little Red Hen.

“Who will knock on this door?” said Little Red Hen.

But no one would. “Then I will knock on this door myself.” And she did.

No one answered. So she went in.

Little Red Hen found herself in the kitchen. On the table she saw three bowls of porridge.

“Who will help me eat this porridge?” said Little Red Hen.

“Not I,” said nobody.

“Then I will eat the porridge all by myself.” And she did.

Little Red Hen saw three chairs. “Who will sit in these chairs with me?” she asked.

But there was no answer.

So she sat on the chairs herself.

And then CRASH! The chair broke and Little Red Hen fell to the floor.

“Who will help me up off the floor?” she asked.

But no one would help her.

So she got up off the floor herself.

Little Red Hen was sleepy. She went upstairs. There she found three beds.

She lay down on the little baby bed. “Who will tuck me in?” she asked.

No one would. No one did.

So Little Red Hen tucked herself in.

And she was soon fast asleep.

And while she slept the three Bears came home.

Papa bear looked at the kitchen table and said, “Who’s been eating my porridge?”

“Not I,” said Mama bear.

“Not I,” said little baby bear.

“Who’s been sitting in my chair!” said Papa bear.

“Not I!” said Mama bear.

“Not I!” said little baby bear.

“Who’s been sleeping in my bed?” said Papa bear.

“Not I” said Mama bear.

“Not I” said little baby bear. “And who will help me eat this chicken I found?”

“Not I!” said Little Red Hen. And she jumped out the window.

And who saw Little Red Hen again?

“Not I,” said Papa bear.

“Not I,” said Mama bear.

“Not I,” said baby bear.


About rockcanyon

Rick Walton has worked as a cook in a Mexican restaurant, a secretary, a missionary, an arts administrator, a school teacher, and a computer software writer and designer. But now he has the best job of all–writing for children. He is the author of over eighty books for children. His works include joke books, picture books, a collection of poetry, activity books, a play, mini-mysteries, and educational software. He loves to read, travel, play the guitar, study foreign languages, and write. Rick graduated from Brigham Young University in Spanish, with a Portuguese minor. His wife, Ann, is a computer programmer who has worked for IBM, Novell, and WordPerfect, and who nows works for Rick. They have five children. They live in a hodge-podge house on a secluded lot with a thousand trees, in the shadow of the Rocky Mountains. View all posts by rockcanyon

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