The Chipmunk That Ran Away
Once upon a time, there was a nervous little chipmunk. She was always afraid that something bad happened to her. One day, she heard a little noise. It was really only an apple that fell to the ground. But the little Chipmunk was afraid and said “The sky is falling in.” Then she railed away as fast as she could go.Soon she met an old brother Chipmunk, who asked, “Where are you running to, little Chipmunk?”And the little Chipmunk answered, “The sky is falling in, and I am running away.”
“The sky is falling in?” said the old brother Chipmunk. And he told the story to his brother chipmunk, until at last there were a hundred brother Chipmunks shouting, “The sky is failing in.”
Soon the larger animals heard what the Chipmunks were saying. The Deer,the Sheep, the Pig, the Camel, the Tiger, and the Elephant began to say, “The sky is falling in.”Then the wise Lion heard all the noise and wanted to know what was happening. He stopped all the animals and asked, “What are you saying?” The brother Chipmunks said, “Oh we heard it from that little Chipmunk!” And the Lion said, “Little Chipmunk, what made you say that the sky was falling in?” And the little Chipmunk said, “I saw it there near the tree.” “Well,” said the Lion, “Come with me and I will show you how something”. “Now get on my back.” The Lion took her on his back, and asked the animal, to stay where they were until they returned.
Then he showed the little Chipmunk that the apple had fallen to the ground. This made the noise that had made her
afraid. The little Chipmunk said, “Oh, I see. The sky is not falling in.”
the Lion said, “Let’s go back and tell the other animals.”
So they went back. At last all the animals knew that the sky was not falling in.