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The Little Red Hen | Album & Story

The Little Red Hen album is now available once again for digital download and streaming.




First released in 2011, this 10 song record tells slice-of-life stories communicating resilience, confidence and self-reliance to the young and young-at-heart.


Track list is:


1. Muse (That's Just Your Way) (Gerald O'Brien / Amanda Williams)

2. Peter Danced (Amanda Williams)

3. Make You Feel Good Day (Minnie Murphy / Amanda Williams)

4. Little Bird (Eric Erdman / Amanda Williams)

5. Happy All the Time (James Breedwell / Amanda Williams)

6. Best Part Of Me (Angela Hacker / Amanda Williams)

7. Walking Stick (Amanda Williams)

8. Love's Been Looking (Amy Benton / Amanda Williams)

9. Right At the Wrong Time (Christyana Perez / Amanda Williams)

10. Little Red Hen (Alissa Moreno / Amanda Williams)


Little Red Hen album Amanda Colleen Williams

Thank you for downloading the digital album on Amazon Music here and Apple Music here.



The Little Red Hen album was recorded at Ocean Way Nashville studios with engineer Stephanie Dufresne and was mastered by George Tutko. Produced and performed by Amanda Colleen Williams. Special thanks to Pat McMakin.


 

Story of The Little Red Hen –


My mom & dad used to read Little Golden books to me just about every night for bedtime story. The one that stands out the most was called The Little Red Hen. The version that we used to read is out of print, but the old folk story goes like this:



Once upon a time, there was a little red hen. One day, she found a grain of wheat lying near her door step. She decided that she should plant it in the garden.


“Who will help me plant this grain of wheat?” she thought.


She asked the duck, “Will you help me plant this grain of wheat?”


“Not I,” said the duck. He was too busy lying in the sun to help the little red hen.


She asked the dog, “Will you help me plant this grain of wheat?”


“Not I,” said the dog. He was too busy fishing under the shade tree to help the little red hen.


She asked the cat, “Will you help me plant this grain of wheat?”


“Not I,” said the cat. He was too busy taking a nap to help the little red hen.


“Very well,” said the little red hen, “I will plant it myself.”


And she did.


Very soon, the grain of wheat sprouted & grew into a fine plant. It was time now to reap the wheat.


“Who will help me reap my wheat?” thought the little red hen.


She asked the duck, “Will you help me reap the wheat?”


“Not I,” said the duck. He was taking a refreshing dip in the pond, too busy to help the little red hen.


She asked the dog, “Will you help me reap the wheat?”


“Not I,” said the dog. He was tired from fishing & wanted to rest, too busy to help the little red hen.


She asked the cat, “Will you help me reap the wheat?”


“Not I,” said the cat. He was still napping.


“Very well, I will reap it myself,” said the little red hen, and she did.


Now it was time to take the wheat to the mill to have it ground into flour.


“Who will help me cart the wheat to the mill?” thought the little red hen.


Again, she asked all the animals one by one if they would help her cart the wheat to the mill.


Again, they all told her, “Not I.”


“Very well, I will cart it myself,” said the little red hen.


And she did.


Now the wheat was ground into a fine flour, perfect for bread making.


The little red hen pushed her wheelbarrow full of flour back to her cottage & prepared to make some bread for supper.


“Surely someone will help me make the bread,” thought the little red hen.


She asked the duck,”Will you help me make the bread?”


“Not I,” said the duck. He was staring off into space on the side of the pond.


She asked the dog, “Will you help me make the bread?”


“Not I,” said the dog. He was too busy stretching from his nap to help the little red hen.


She asked the cat, “Will you help me make the bread?”


“Not I,” said the cat, giving no reason at all.


“Very well,” said the little red hen, “I will make it myself.”


And she did.


Pretty soon, the whole farm yard was filled with the smell of freshly baking bread. All the animals gathered around the little red hen’s window & watched closely as she pulled hot pans of bread from the oven & sat them neatly on a rack to cool.


The little red hen smiled to herself, proudly. She was eager to taste the bread which represented so much of her labor.


She turned to face the duck, the dog & the cat standing in her window & smiled sweetly.


”Who will help me eat the bread?” she asked.


“I will!” said the duck.


“I will!” said the dog.


“I will!” said the cat.


The little red hen looked down at the loaf of bread cooling on the rack and back again at the animals.


“No,” she said, “I will eat it myself.”


And she did.




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