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Dot and Mae were taking a walk this morning, and while returning home carrying a small basket of cinnamon rolls that they were going to eat for breakfast, they ran into the chicken couple who live on another shelf in the china cupboard.

“Hello, Dot and Mae!” clucked the Red Hen

“Good Morning, Mrs Hen and Mr. Rooster!” said Dot and Mae at the same time (which they happen to do quite often), and they stopped to see what the chickens were up to.

Mrs. Chicken was sweeping and Mr. Rooster was reading the morning paper. Dot and Mae offered to share their cinnamon roll breakfast with the couple and both chickens were delighted, because they love cinnamon rolls very much!

While Mrs. Hen poured everyone some tea she said, “This reminds me of my favorite story. The story of the Little Red Hen. Do you know that story Dot and Mae?”

Dot and Mae did not know the story so Mrs. Hen proceeded to tell it to them while they ate.

One day as the Little Red Hen was scratching in a field, she found a grain of wheat.

“This wheat should be planted,” she said. “Who will plant this grain of wheat?”

“Not I,” said the Duck.

“Not I,” said the Cat.

“Not I,” said the Dog.

“Then I will,” said the Little Red Hen. And she did.

Soon the wheat grew to be tall and yellow.

“The wheat is ripe,” said the Little Red Hen. “Who will cut the wheat?”

“Not I,” said the Duck.

“Not I,” said the Cat.

“Not I,” said the Dog.

“Then I will,” said the Little Red Hen. And she did.

When the wheat was cut, the Little Red Hen said, “Who will thresh the wheat?”

“Not I,” said the Duck.

“Not I,” said the Cat.

“Not I,” said the Dog.

“Then I will,” said the Little Red Hen. And she did.

When the wheat was threshed, the Little Red Hen said, “Who will take this wheat to the mill?”

“Not I,” said the Duck.

“Not I,” said the Cat.

“Not I,” said the Dog.

“Then I will,” said the Little Red Hen. And she did.

She took the wheat to the mill and had it ground into flour. Then she said, “Who will make this flour into bread?”

“Not I,” said the Duck.

“Not I,” said the Cat.

“Not I,” said the Dog.

“Then I will,” said the Little Red Hen. And she did.

She made and baked the bread. Then she said, “Who will eat this bread?”

“Oh! I will,” said the Duck.

“And I will,” said the Cat.

“And I will,” said the Dog.

“No, No!” said the Little Red Hen. “I will do that.” And she did.

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That IS a very good story agreed Dot and Mae, because they really did enjoy it. “I believe that is my favorite story too,” agreed Mr. Rooster, “Although, I also like the story of The House That Jack Built”

“What is your favorite story Dot and Mae?” Asked Mrs. Hen.

The two little girls thought for a moment, “I know what mine is!” said Dot

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“Oh I love that story too!” cried Mae, “But there are too many good stories. I don’t think I can choose just ONE!”

Everyone laughed because they knew that Mae was right – there are so many good stories. What is your favorite one?

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