The Chickens Take a Holiday
The sun was about to rise on Farmer Tim's farm. Chester Chicken woke up the cows with his important news.
'The chickens are taking a holiday today,' Chester Chickensaid.
'Is that so?' said Daisy the cow. 'What is the special occasion?'
'We worked too hard this week,' Chester said.
'You did?' asked Daisy.
'Yes! We laid ten eggs this week,' Chester said, 'andthere are only five of us.'
Daisy smiled and nodded her head. Ten was a lot of eggs for five chickens.
'Enjoy your day off,' she said.
'But what about us?' the other cows said to Daisy. 'We gave FarmerTim 100 pails of milk this week. There are only ten of us!'
Daisy agreed with the cows too. 100 pails of milk would make a lot of cheese.
'But we can't take a holiday on the same day as thechickens,' Daisy said. 'What would Farmer Tim say?'
Daisy and the cows moved over to a patch of grass to have their breakfast.
'The chickens are taking a holiday,' Daisy told the trees. 'And we don't thinkit's fair.'
The trees were not happy with this news.
'I've dropped over 1,000 apples this season,' one said.
'And I've had a million cherries picked!' said another. The wind blew and the trees puton their angry faces.
'We deserve a holiday more than the chickens!' the trees shouted together. 'We worked too hard all season.'
This woke up the rake that was sitting on the grass underneath thetrees.
'Have you heard the news?' the apple tree asked the rake. 'The chickens are taking a holiday. They think they worked too hard this week.'
The rake stood up and announced its disapproval. 'Iraked over one million leaves this year. And there's only one of me! If anyone deserves a holiday it is a poor tired rake.' Just then Rowdy Rooster hopped on the fence. He looked up into the sky andbegan to crow. It was time for the farmer to wake up. The chickens and cows and trees waited for Farmer Tim to come out and pick up the rake. But a minute passed and Farmer Tim did not appear. Rowdy...
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