Gateway to the Classics: Primer by Franklin T. Baker
 
Primer by  Franklin T. Baker

Chicken Little

Once there was a mother hen.

She had one little chicken.

It was called Chicken Little.

Mother Hen and Chicken Little were in the garden.

Mother Hen was eating.

Chicken Little was eating, too.


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Chicken Little saw a big seed.

She ran to get it.

She tried to eat the seed.


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Mother Hen saw the big seed, too.

She called to Chicken Little.

"That seed is too big," she said. "That seed is too hard. Do not eat it, Chicken Little."

But Chicken Little had eaten the seed.

It was too big.

It was too hard.

It choked Chicken Little.

She fell down and lay there in the garden.


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Mother Hen ran to get some water.

She ran to the well.

"Give me some water," she said.

"Chicken Little is choked.

She is lying in the garden.

Give me some water for my little chicken."


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"Get me a cup," said the well. "Just get me a cup. Then I will give you some water."

Mother Hen ran to get a cup.

She ran to the oak tree.

"Give me a cup," she said.

"Do give me a cup.

I will give the cup to the well.

The well will give me some water.

I will give the water to Chicken Little.

Chicken Little is choked.

She is lying in the garden."


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"Get some one to shake me," said the oak tree.

"Just get some one to shake me. Then I will give you a cup."

Away ran Mother Hen.

She ran to the wind.

"Shake the oak tree for me," she said.

"Do shake the oak tree for me.

The oak tree will give me a cup.

I will give the cup to the well.

The well will give me some water.

I will give it to Chicken Little.

Chicken Little is choked.

She is lying in the garden."

"Give me a feather," said the wind. "Just give me a feather.

Then I will shake the oak tree."

Mother Hen had a soft feather.

She gave it to the wind.

The wind shook the oak tree.

He shook it hard.

The oak tree gave Mother Hen a cup.

It fell down to Mother Hen.


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Mother Hen took the cup.

"Thank you, Wind," she said.

"Thank you, Oak Tree."

Then away she ran to the well.

"Here is a cup," she said.

"The oak tree gave it to me.

Now give me some water."

The well gave Mother Hen some water in the cup.

Mother Hen took the water.

"Thank you, Well," she said.

"Thank you for the water."

Then away she ran to the garden.

She ran to Chicken Little.

She gave Chicken Little the cup.

Chicken Little took the cup.

She drank the water.

She drank it all down.

Down went the big seed.

Up jumped Chicken Little.

"Thank you, Mother Hen," she said.

Then away ran Chicken Little to eat seeds.


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