The Good Ms. Padgett Sings The Little Red Hen & Other Stories contains four classic stories (with a new twist): The Little Red Hen, The Billy Goats Gruff, Goldilocks, and Henny Penny. What makes Good Ms. Padgett’s (aka Anna Padgett) interpretation of these stories unique is her use of her acoustic guitar to accompany the songs and taking the “chorus” of each story and singing it, such as in the Little Red Hen where the Little Red Hen sings “I need some help, I’m a little red hen, I need some help from my three best friends.” And the three friends sing in response “not I, not I”. The style is effective in relating the stories for kids and sort of reminds me of the talking blues in some respects (especially on my favorite, “The Billy Goats Gruff” where the troll sings to each Billy Goat Gruff, “I’m a hungry troll, so gruff and so grim, think I hear me a billy goat, think I will eat him” in an almost West Virginian twang) and it seems an effective way of putting a new spin on these classic stories. The Good Ms. Padgett Sings The Little Red Hen & Other Stories has great potential as a part of story/music time at a preschool, inviting the kids to sing along with the “chorus” of each story, or as a good downtime for the afternoon for toddlers. In whatever capacity you play it, your young ones will have fun imagining the stories and singing along with the characters.
The Good Ms. Padgett Sings The Little Red Hen & Other Stories is available March 20, 2012.
A CD was provided for review.