I Learned My Lesson

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NARRATOR: Once upon a time on a farm all the animals were having fun, except for the farmer.



FARMER:  (to his wife) I don’t like all the noise those chickens make in the henhouse.  I wish I could do something to stop that noise!



WIFE: I know.  Especially because you like to wake up late.



FARMER: I was thinking about buying a rooster.  Maybe he would put them in order.



WIFE: It’s a good idea, and maybe he would also get rid of the mice.



FARMER: Those mice are another problem we have!.   Come, let’s go to town, we need to get the rooster right away.



NARRATOR: When the rooster came to live to the farm, the chickens thought they would have more fun, but soon, they were disappointed.



ROOSTER: The fun is over!.  Everybody get to work!.  And as to you little hens…



HENS 1, 2, 3, 4: Are you talking to us?.



ROOSTER: You’re the only hens I see around here, so yes, I’m talking to all of you!.



HEN 1: What can we do for you?.



ROOSTER: To begin with, you can’t go out to play anymore!.



HEN 2:  What!.



HEN 3: Your heard me.   No more playing outside.



HEN 4: But, what are we going to do?.



ROOSTER: You have a lot of thing to do inside the henhouse.  You must keep everything clean.



HENS 1, 2, 3, 4: Everything is clean and in order!.  Please, don’t do that to us.  We can work and play at the same time!.



ROOSTER: I said no!.  And don’t you disobey me, or you will be punished.  That’s why I’m here for.  Your goal from now on, is to obey my orders!.  Do you understand?.



HEN 1, 2, 3, 4: It’s not fair!.



ROOSTER: I don’t care what you think.   I’m not here to please you, but to make you work and stop all the noise you make.




NARRATOR: Then the rooster said to the mice.



ROOSTER: And you ugly mice, get out of the farm!.



HENS 1,2,3,4:  No, please, they are our friends!.



ROOSTER: You’re not here to make friends, you are in this farm to work!.



HEN 1: I beg you rooster, let them stay with us.



HEN 2: They don’t have a place to live.



HEN 3: They depend on us.



HEN 4: Say yes, please.



ROOSTER: No!.  I am the one who gives orders around here!.



MOUSE 1: Lets pack.



MOUSE 2: Good-bye hens.



MOUSE 3: Don’t forget about us.  Remember all the good times we had together.



ROOSTER: Stop all this drama!.  Go to sleep now!.   Starting tomorrow morning, you all will wake up earlier than ever.



HEN 1,2,3,4: You must be crazy!.



NARRATOR: But there was nothing the hens could do.  And from that day, the farm became a very sad place to live in.  Visits were not allowed, there were no conversations, and no games.  Everyday, at four o’clock in the morning, the rooster would climb up to a pole and start to sing.



ROOSTER: Cock-a-doodle-doo, cock-a-doodle-doo, cock-a-doodle-doo.



HEN 1: He’s a dictator!.



HEN 2: I’m really angry with him!



HEN 3: We should talk to the mice and make a plan.



HEN 4: The mice are gone.



HEN 1: Gone forever.



HEN 3: That’s what you think.  I know where they are hiding.



HEN 4: Then what are we waiting for.   Let’s go and talk to them!.



NARRATOR: So the hens and the mice got together and made a plan to stop the rooster from bothering them.



HEN 3: So, what’s the plan.



MOUSE 1: Tonight I will put glue to the pole where he sings every morning.



MOUSE 2: Just be careful, don’t make a lot of noise.



HEN 1: Yeah, we don’t want him to wake up and find out.



MOUSE 1: Don’t worry, I have everything under control.



NARRATOR: That night the mouse put glue to the pole, and the next day the rooster climbed to the pole to sing.



ROOSTER: Cock-a-doodle-doo, cock-a-doodle-doo, cock-a-doodle-doo. What’s happening?.  I can’t move my feet!.  My feet are stuck to the pole!.



NARRATOR: And the rooster saw that everybody on the farm were having fun.



ROOSTER: Hey, here I am…over here!.  Somebody help me!.



NARRATOR: Then the hens and the mice turned up to look at the rooster who was stuck to the pole.



HEN 1, 2, 3, 4: Ha, ha, ha, ha.



MOUSE 1,2,3: You look so funny!.



ROOSTER: So, you did this to me!.  Why?.



HEN 1: So that you know how unpleasant it is to have somebody tell you what to do.



ROOSTER: I’m sorry.



HEN 1: Are you really sorry?.



ROOSTER: Yes, I am.  I learned my lesson.



HEN 2: We forgive you.



HEN 3: We will help you get down from the pole.



NARRATOR: An now nobody gives orders in the henhouse.  Everybody, including the rooster, get together to work and have fun.  And best of all, they are all good friends.






Author:  Popular Folktale



Adapted by:  K I D S I N C O



Moral Value:  Freedom.  Respect


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