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The Rainbow Book of Fairy Tales for Four-Year-Olds by  Lisa Ripperton
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Chicken Licken

One day as Chicken Licken was scratching under the pea vines in the barnyard a pea fell out of a pod and struck her on the head.

"Oh!" said Chicken Licken, "the sky is falling! I must go and tell the king."

So she ran and she ran, until she met Henny Penny.

"Where are you going, Chicken Licken?" said Henny Penny.

"Oh, Henny Penny, the sky is falling, and I'm going to tell the king!"

"How do you know?"

"I saw it with my eyes and I heard it with my ears, and a piece of it fell on my tail!"

"Then I will go with you," said Henny Penny.

So they ran and they ran, until they met Cocky Locky.

"Good morning, Henny Penny," said Cocky Locky. "Where are you going?"

"Oh, Cocky Locky, the sky is falling, and we are going to tell the king!"

"How do you know?"

"Chicken Licken told me."

"I saw it with my eyes and I heard it with my ears, and a piece of it fell on my tail," said Chicken Licken.

"Then I will go with you," said Cocky Locky.

So they ran and they ran, until they met Ducky Lucky.

"Good morning, Cocky Locky, Henny Penny, and Chicken Licken," said Ducky Lucky. "Where are you going?"

"The sky is falling, and we are going to tell the king."

"How do you know?"

"Henny Penny told me," said Cocky Locky.

"Chicken Licken told me," said Henny Penny.

"I saw it with my eyes and I heard it with my ears, and a piece of it fell on my tail," said Chicken Licken.

"Then I will go with you," said Ducky Lucky.

So they ran and they ran, until they met Turkey Lurkey.

"Good morning, Ducky Lucky, Cocky Locky, Henny Penny, and Chicken Licken," said Turkey Lurkey. "Where are you going?"

"Oh, Turkey Lurkey, the sky is falling, and we are going to tell the king."

"How do you know?" said Turkey Lurkey.

"Cocky Locky told me," said Ducky Lucky.

"Henny Penny told me," said Cocky Locky.

"Chicken Licken told me," said Henny Penny.

"I saw it with my eyes and I heard it with my ears, and a piece of it fell on my tail," said Chicken Licken.

"Then I will go with you," said Turkey Lurkey.

So they ran and they ran, until they came to the woods.

They had not gone far into the woods when they met Foxy Loxy.

"Good morning, Turkey Lurkey, Ducky Lucky, Cocky Locky, Henny Penny, and Chicken Licken. Where are you going?"

"The sky is falling, and we are going to tell the king."

"Do you know where to go?"

"No," said they.

"Follow me, and I will show you," said Foxy Loxy.

So they all followed him into the deep woods. By and by they came to a rocky cavern in the hillside.

"Walk in here," said Foxy Loxy. And Turkey Lurkey, Ducky Lucky, Cocky Locky, Henny Penny, and Chicken Licken all walked into Foxy Loxy's den—and though he was seen to come out, no one ever saw those foolish birds again, and the king was never told that the sky was falling.

  
from The Story Teller's Book
        by Alice O'Grady, 1912