The earth is warming! The earth is warming!

A hen was picking at a stack of hot pea-straw when a hot pea fell on her head, and she thought the earth was warming. And she thought she would go and tell the queen about it. And she went, and went, and went, and she met a cock.

And he said, “Where are you going this day, Henny-Penny?”

And she says, “I’m going to tell the queen the earth is warming.”

And he says, “I’ll go with you, Henny-Penny.”

And they went, and they went, and they went. And they met a duck. And the duck says, “Where are you going this day, Cocky-Justin, Henny-Penny?”

“We’re going to tell the queen the earth is warming.”

“I’ll go with you, Cocky-Justin, Henny-Penny.”

“Then come along, Ducky-Catherine.”

And they went, and they went, and they went.  And they met a goose. And the goose says, “Where are you going this day, Ducky- Catherine, Cocky- Justin, Henny-Penny?”

“We’re going to tell the queen the earth is warming.”

And he says, “I’ll go with you, Ducky- Catherine, Cocky- Justin, Henny-Penny.”

“Then come along, Goosie-Andrea,” said they.

And they went, and they went, and they went,till they came to a wood, and there they met a fox. And the fox says,”Where are you going this day, Goosie-Andrea, Ducky- Catherine, Cocky-Justin, Henny-Penny?”

“We’re going to tell the queen the earth is warming.”

And he says, “Come along, and I’ll show you the road, Goosie-Andrea, Ducky- Catherine, Cocky- Justin, Henny-Penny.”

And they went, and they went, and they went, till they came to the fox’s hole. And he shoved them all in, and he and his young ones ate them all up, and they never got to tell the queen the earth is warming.

Based on:  Peter Christen Asbjørnsen and Jørgen Moe, Hønasom skulle till Dovre forat ikke allverden skulle forgå, translated by George Webbe Dasent in Popular Tales from the Norse (Edinburgh: David Douglas, 1888), pp. 353-356.  Translation revised by D. L. Ashliman. ©1999.  All rights reserved.

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