The True Story of Chicken Licken – Storytelling for Bullying Prevention

June 10, 2010 at 7:42 pm 1 comment

The True Story of Chicken Licken
Storytelling for Bully Prevention
©Sue Black

The first time Chicken Licken shouted, “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!”, it was because an acorn had just fallen on his head. Of course Chicken Licken was just a little guy back then, only in kindergarten, and he didn’t know it was an acorn, and he really did believe the sky was falling.
Henny Penny, Turkey Lurkey, Gander Pander, Goosey Loosey, Piggley Wiggley, and Ducky Lucky all believed Chicken Licken. So they all started running thru the forest with him. They all shouted too, “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!”
Now it was scary when Foxy Loxy showed up and invited all of them into his cave.
(sinister Foxy speaks) “Hey, everybody, I can take care of this problem. The sky cannot fall on top of your head if you are inside of my cave. Come on in. Say, I’m a little hungry. I think you all should come in ……… for my snack.”
They would have been eaten by Foxy Loxy, but Henny Penny figured out what was going to happen just in the knick of time. She knew she had to stop this before anyone got hurt. She took a deep breath, clenched her little claws, and shouted, “Don’t hurt my friends!” And then Henny Penny led Chicken Licken, Turkey Lurkey, Gander Pander, Goosey Loosey, Piggley Wiggley, and Ducky Lucky away from Foxy Loxy’s cave.
So in the end it turned out to be a really fun day. Feathers and fur were flying, and hands and wings and paws were covering heads, more animals joined in, more running in circles, and it was really noisy with everyone shouting all at the same time, “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!” Chicken Licken went home tired but happy that day.

The second time Chicken Licken shouted, “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!”, it was not because an acorn had just fallen on his head. No. Chicken Licken was a lot smarter by then – already a 2nd grader. He remembered how much fun it had been the time before, and he was a little bored that day, and he wanted to have fun again. But this time Henny Penny, Turkey Lurkey, Gander Pander, Goosey Loosey, Piggley Wiggley, and Ducky Lucky did not believe Chicken Licken. They were smarter too – being 2ndgraders and all. They stayed right where they were – playing soccer and baseball and video games and checking out books from the library. Chicken Licken stomped his feet and flapped his wings up in the air and shouted again, “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!” But everyone ignored him. That was not a fun day. Chicken Licken went home tired and unhappy that day.

The third time Chicken Licken shouted, he did not say, “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!” No. He was sophisticated by then, cool, well on his way to being the best-looking 4th grader, best-ever baseball player in his school.
Chicken Licken was at recess with his friends. It was the last day of school. They were playing baseball. This was the game to see which 4th grade team was THE best. It was the bottom of the ninth inning. If Turkey Lurkey would just hit the ball, hit it anywhere, the runner on third had a chance of scoring and Chicken Licken’s team would win the game. But no. Turkey Lurkey struck out for the third time that day and the team lost the chance to call themselves the 4th grade champs. So of course Chicken Licken didn’t shout, “The sky is falling! The sky is falling!” No. Instead he yelled the first thing that popped into his head, “Turkey Lurkey, you sure are stupid!”
Henny Penny, Turkey Lurkey, Gander Pander, Goosey Loosey, Piggley Wiggley, and Ducky Lucky stopped. They stared with wide eyes. Chicken Licken had never called anyone stupid before, it wasn’t allowed. But Chicken Licken was thinking, “Geeze, if that stupid Turkey Lurkey would just wear his stupid glasses and not worry about getting his stupid shoes all muddy well, then, we would have won the stupid baseball game.”
But that’s not how it went. So Chicken Licken was mad and those words just flew out of his mouth before he could stop them, like when you throw up with the flu. You don’t put your hands over your mouth and try to stop the throw-up from coming out – no, that would be gross. Chicken Licken didn’t try to stop those mean words from coming out either. And once they were out, Chicken Licken let those words come out again, “Turkey Lurkey, you sure are stupid!”
Turkey Lurkey pulled his baseball cap down low over his eyes so nobody would see his tears. Chicken Licken knew right away it was his job to apologize for making that stupid comment, but Henny Penny, Gander Pander, Goosey Loosey, Piggley Wiggley, and Ducky Lucky started shouting too. “Chicken Licken said stupid! Chicken Licken said stupid!” Before long it was kinda like that other day in the forest. Feathers and fur were flying, and hands and wings and paws were covering heads, more animals joined in, more running in circles, and it was really noisy with everyone, even Turkey Lurkey, shouting all at the same time, “Chicken Licken said stupid! Chicken Licken said stupid!” And so in the end it turned out to be a really fun day. Chicken Licken fluffed up his feathers and flapped his wings and walked home tired but happy that day.

By 5th grade nobody was really mad about the baseball game anymore. Henny Penny, Gander Pander, Goosey Loosey, Piggley Wiggley, and Ducky Lucky forgot all about it. Chicken Licken wasn’t really mad anymore either, but Chicken Licken decided he didn’t want Turkey Lurkey to sit at his lunch table. Henny Penny, Gander Pander, Goosey Loosey, Piggley Wiggley, and Ducky Lucky were so busy talking and laughing at lunch, they didn’t even notice Turkey Lurkey was gone.
Chicken Licken started coming to school every day with his feathers all fluffed up and flapping his wings. It was about that same time that Chicken Licken figured out he didn’t need to shout anymore; all he had to do was whisper, or roll his eyes, or point, or laugh behind Turkey Lurkey’s back.
“Turkey Lurkey is a nerd.”
Henny Penny, Gander Pander, Goosey Loosey, Piggley Wiggley, and Ducky Lucky leaned in and listened. Chicken Licken fluffed up his feathers and flapped his wings a little more.
“Turkey Lurkey is a moron.”
Gander Pander, Goosey Loosey, Piggley Wiggley, and Ducky Lucky leaned in and listened and rolled their eyes. Chicken Licken fluffed up his feathers and flapped his wings a little more.
“Did you hear what Turkey Lurkey said on the bus yesterday?”
Goosey Loosey, Piggley Wiggley, and Ducky Lucky laughed. Chicken Licken fluffed up his feathers and flapped his wings a little more.
“Do you see what Turkey Lurkey is wearing?”
Piggley Wiggley and Ducky Lucky whispered and nodded and pointed. Chicken Licken fluffed up his feathers and flapped his wings a little more.

Turkey Lurkey started walking to school instead of taking the bus. He got contacts instead of glasses. He stopped raising his hand in class. He pretended to be sick and stayed home from school sometimes. He wore red shoes when they made fun of his yellow shoes. And he wore blue shoes when they made fun of his red shoes. And he wore black shoes when they made fun of his blue shoes and he wore …….. nothing worked. Turkey Lurkey started wearing his baseball cap to school every day, pulled way down low over his eyes, so nobody would see his tears.
Chicken Licken fluffed up his feathers and flapped his wings a little more.

Then one day out at recess Chicken Licken, Henny Penny, Gander Pander, Goosey Loosey, Piggley Wiggley, and Ducky Lucky were getting ready to play baseball. They had their bats; they had their gloves; everybody had on matching baseball caps. Turkey Lurkey walked over with his baseball cap pulled low over his eyes. He had his bat and glove too. Chicken Licken said, “I have an announcement to make!” Everybody gathered around Chicken Licken, leaned in, and listened.
“Turkey Lurkey cannot be on my team.”
Henny Penny, Turkey Lurkey, Gander Pander, Goosey Loosey, Piggley Wiggley, and Ducky Lucky stopped. They stared with wide eyes.
Henny Penny looked at the team. She pulled her baseball cap low over her eyes so no one would see her tears. She took a deep breath, clenched her little claws, and shouted, “Don’t hurt my friend! Maybe Turkey Lurkey doesn’t hit the ball very well but he sure can throw it.” Henny Penny fluffed up her feathers and flapped her wings.
Before Chicken Licken could say a word, Gander Pander stood next to Henny Penny and whispered, “I happen to like Turkey Lurkey’s red shoes.” He fluffed up his feathers and flapped his wings …. and then hurried to stand behind Henny Penny.
Goosey Loosey, Piggley Wiggley, and Ducky Lucky all started talking at the same time.
“Turkey Lurkey is a good speller.”
“Turkey Lurkey is the best at computer games.”
“You can trust Turkey Lurkey. He always tells the truth!”
The list went on and on.
Finally Henny Penny looked at Chicken Licken and said, “Turkey Lurkey is on our team.”
Chicken Licken looked at Henny Penny, Gander Pander, Goosey Loosey, Piggley Wiggley, and Ducky Lucky. He turned to Turkey Lurkey and fluffed up his feathers and flapped his wings one more time. Then Chicken Licken said, “I’m sorry.” And, “Let’s play ball!”
So in the end it turned out to be a really fun day. Feathers and fur were flying, balls were hit, bases were loaded, more animals joined in, more running the bases, and it was really noisy with everyone shouting all at the same time, “Turkey Lurkey hit a home run! Turkey Lurkey hit a home run!” Everyone went home tired but happy that day.

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