Along Came a Dog (paperback)
A stray dog earns a home for himself by protecting a little red hen and her chicks from a preying hawk. The long cold winter was over. The little red hen had changed and the other chickens picked on her now, or ignored her altogether. Then one day a big black dog came to the farm in search of a new home. The dog was humble and lonesome. The hen was cocky, but lonesome, too. A strange and wonderful friendship grew between them. The dog protected the little red hen, but who would protect the big black dog from being chased off the farm? Who would convince the man who owned the farm that the dog truly belonged there? This book by Meindert De Jong, illustrated by Maurice Sendak, highlights loyalty and the relationship between man and animal and is perfect for a 4th grader to read or be read to.