So they went along and went along until they met Turkey Lurkey. 


“Good morning, Goosey Loosey, Ducky Daddles, Cocky Locky, Henny Penny, 
and Chicken Licken,” said Turkey Lurkey, “where are you going?”


“Oh, Turkey Lurkey, the sky is falling and we are going to tell the King!” 


“How do you know the sky is falling?” asked Turkey Lurkey.


“Ducky Daddles told me,” said Goosey Loosey.


“Cocky Locky told me,” said Ducky Daddles.


“Henny Penny told me,” said Cocky Locky.


“Chicken Licken told me,” said Henny Penny 

“I saw it with my own eyes, I heard it with my own ears, 
and a piece of it fell on my tail!” said Chicken Licken.


“Then I will go with you,” said Turkey Lurkey, “and we will tell the King!

Chicken Licken, by P.C. Asbjörnsen

Here is the illustration that I submitted to the Tomie dePaola award competition. He asked that the above nursery rhyme be depicted in any size or medium, and he wanted to see a style or vision that he hadn’t seen before.

I wanted to tell a story with my picture. It is bedtime and the older child is reciting the Chicken Licken rhyme for the baby. She acts out the scenario with stuffed animals that she has sewn from scraps of fabric. The landscape is the bedspread and the “falling” sky is a mobile hanging above them. The baby is delighted to be wearing the construction paper crown that the girl has made for him because he gets to play the part of the king. The highlight of the bedtime story is at the end, when the baby claps his hands, giggles and calls out “again!” As the rhyme is repeated over and over the two are so absorbed that the animals seem real to them and the walls transform into the nighttime sky.

I hand sewed the little critters from various fabrics, cut the mobile out of felt, and made the crown from construction paper and oil pastels. The stuffed critters photographed easily against a white backdrop, and were Photoshopped into the drawing. The other things were simply scanned and then added.

I really had fun working on this piece, and feel honored to have been a participant in the great Tomie dePaola’s illustration competition.

For a bigger pic click two times slowly. (Double clicking doesn’t seem to do the trick.)

Thanks for stopping by and Happy New Year! :)

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