|We read Hattie, Tom, and the Chicken
Witch (a play and a story) by Dick Gackenbach. Tom is the director of a play that only
has dogs, chickens, and pigs for characters. The play is called the Easter
Play. Hattie is very disappointed that Tom does not have any rabbits in his play.
She thinks it must be a mistake. Hattie goes to speak to Tom and straighten this out. The
pig at the door wouldnt let her in. Hattie gets very angry. She runs home and
dresses as a chicken to try to get in. Hattie sees Tom and tries to explain that rabbits
and Easter go together and how could he not have a rabbit in his play. Tom gives her a job
sweeping the stage. This isnt what she had in mind. Then her big break comes when
Linda, the Storyteller, hurts her ankle and cant do the show. Tom puts her in
Lindas place as Storyteller. Hattie is a big success!
Note: Because we have nine boys and seven girls, we had to have two boys as Storytellers. They did a super job just like Hattie!
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New Endings to the Play
But what happened to greedy Captain Dan?
Why, Dan became the Fried-Toadstool Man. The
toadstool is easy to get. It was always there. Dan wanted it.
Why he became the Fried-Celery Man.
He didnt have to worry about tricks and
dotted spots and stripes.
Why Dan became the Fried-French-fry Man.
The French-fry was easy to fry. It was always
there when Dan wanted it. And he didnt have to worry about tricky chickens.
Why Dan became the Fried-Tomato Man.
He can plant them.
Why he became the Fried-Pig Man.
The pig was always there when he needed it.
Well he became a Fried-Chicken Man and what
happened he fried the chickens and after that he ate them.
Why he became the Fried-Worm Man.
They were easy to find and he didnthave
to worry about tricky birds.
Why Dan became the Fried-Orange Man
It was his favorite fruit and he thought he
could fry his favorite fruit.
Why he became the Fried-Tomato Man
He always saw them and picked them and he went
home and he cooked them.
He became Captain Dan the Fried-Hamburger Man
because theres lots of meat in the world.
Why Dan became the Waffle Man
A waffle is easy to make.
Why he became the Fried-Fish Man
It was easy to fry. He could get them
everywhere and it was very easy. He could eat all he wanted.
He can be the Fried-Donut Man because he can
eat all of the donuts that he wants.
Why he became the Onion Man
Because the onion was easy to fry.
Neat writing of imaginative new ending to play.
Students will read and speak using literary expression.