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The Great Plop

One day, rabbit was sitting on his favorite log with his back to the river. He was looking into the woods at the beautiful Oak and Elm trees, when he heard "PLOP."

Rabbit jumped up and began to run. Something scary was going to eat him! He ran and he ran until he ran into a rattlesnake hanging from a hickory tree.

"Why are you running?" hissed the snake.

"The Great Plop is coming. The great Plop is coming. You better start running. You better start running!"

"A Great Plop? That sounds scary. Iíll come with you." Since the snake could not run he slithered along with the rabbit.

They ran and ran until they ran into a fox.

"Why are you running?" barked the fox.

"The Great Plop is coming. The great Plop is coming. You better start running. You better start running!"

"A Great Plop? That sounds scary. Iíll come with you." And the fox ran with them.

They ran and ran until they ran into a deer.

"Why are you running?" whispered the deer.

"The Great Plop is coming. The great Plop is coming. You better start running. You better start running!"

"A Great Plop? That sounds scary. Iíll come with you."

So they ran and they ran until they ran into the tree where Old Owl was trying to sleep.

"Why are you running?" hooted the owl.

"The Great Plop is coming. The great Plop is coming. You better start running. You better start running!"

"A Great Plop? What is a Great Plop?" hooted the owl.

"We donít know. Rabbit just heard a scary PLOP. So we started running."

Owl said, "Take me back to where you heard this Great Plop."

So, they all went back to the log by the river. There was no sign that a Great Plop had been there, so they sat down on the log where rabbit had been sitting.

All of a sudden, a huge pine cone fell from a pine tree leaning over the river. When it hit the water it made a great PLOP!

"So thatís your great plop," said Owl. Nothing scary here."
"I am going back to my tree to sleep."

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This story was submitted as a lesson for the book The Storytelling Classroom: Applications Across the Curriculum Teachers Ideas Press. To be published in late 2006.

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