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How the Turkey Got His Tail Feathers
Once there was a little brown turkey who had a terrible temper! He often flew into tantrums and screamed and cried until he was the
nuisance of the farmyard. One day, he lost his temper because one of the chickens wouldn't share a toy. He got so angry he flew into a tantrum and turned as red as a beet! (show the red turkey)
The other turkeys laughed at him and teased him and sang:
"You're red! Red! Red as a beet!
Red from your head to the tip of your feet!"
Tom Turkey didn't like the other turkeys laughing at him so he ran away and hid. He sat and sulked for a long time. When he calmed down he looked at himself and saw that he really was red all over! Red
from his head to his feet!
He hurried to the edge of the farm to visit Dr. Owl who was wise and knew the answers to everything. "You will have to learn to control that temper of yours." hooted Dr. Owl. "If you don't, no other turkeys will want to play with you." The next morning Tom Turkey was brown again, except that he had a red feather in his tail. (Add a red feather to the puppet). He was very glad to be brown again, but he still thought it was everyone else’s fault that he had gotten angry.
Tom's mother called him to come help with the Monday wash. But Tom got the Blues as soon as he had to start working. He moaned and
groaned until Mother told him, he was acting like a baby. Well, you
can guess what happened next! He lost his temper again! This time he
turned blue. His face was blue - from his head to his toe he was blue
When the other turkeys saw him, they teased and sang: "You're Blue! Blue! From your head to your toe,
Blue all over, Wherever you go!"
Tom ran away and hid. He sat and sulked and blamed his mother for his losing his temper.
By morning, Tom was a brown turkey again, but now he had a blue
feather next to the red one in his tail. (Add the blue feather)
Well, you can about guess what happened the rest of the week. On
Tuesday, Tom didn't want to help clean up the yard. He said he hated
cleaning with a purple passion! Just as soon as he said it, he threw
a terrible tantrum and then he turned Purple all over!
All the turkeys saw him and shouted,
"You're Purple! Purple! That's all we can see!
You'd better go hide Under your favorite tree!"
Of course, Tom Turkey sat and sulked and blamed everything on
On Wednesday morning, Tom was brown again, but he had a purple
feather added to his tail. He was beginning to feel ashamed to think he couldn't control himself when he wanted to. He went out for his daily walk when he saw a turkey friend eating a big corn cob. Tom was green with envy because he didn't have one. Before he knew it, Tom turned green all over! And when he saw his color he threw another temper tantrum.
The turkeys again saw him and shouted,
"You're green! Green! Green as grass!
Why don't you get wise And stop all of your sass!"
Of course, Tom Turkey went and hid under his favorite tree. He sat and sulked and felt sorry for himself.
Thursday morning, Tom was brown again, but he now had a green feather added to his tail. His tail was becoming very bright and colorful. But something was happening to Tom Turkey. He was beginning to really want to change. He wanted to keep his temper. He was really going to try.
Of course all the turkeys like to tease Tom and so while they were playing a game of "Gobble and Waddle" someone called Tom a Scaredy
Bird. Before Tom could stop to think he threw another tantrum. This
time his face turned yellow, his neck was yellow, he even had a
yellow streak down his back!
All of the other turkeys laughed and cried,
"You're yellow! Yellow! That's what we said.
Why don't you go home and hide under your bed!"
Tom Turkey did turn yellow, but instead of blaming others he blamed himself. He knew he had to control his own temper. He was the only one who could make things better.
When he woke up in the morning he was brown again but he had a yellow feather added to his colorful tail. Tom decided this was the day to really change. He didn't say a word to anyone and kept saying to
himself, "I can do it, I can do it!" Friday, Mother Turkey asked Tom to keep an eye on the little Turkeys while she went to the store. While she was gone the little turkeys ran through the house with muddy feet. When Tom saw what they had done he ALMOST lost his temper. But this time he held his breath as long as he could. He turned pale as a ghost, but he didn't lose his temper! Pretty soon, he went white all over and the turkeys shouted,
"You're white! White! But your temper didn't show!
Maybe you're changing, We really hope so!"
Tom didn't mind being a white turkey for a day, and he was rather
proud of the white feather in his tail the next morning. Even when his mother scolded him for letting the dirt get tracked on her clean floor, Tom didn't lose his temper.
All day Saturday and Sunday, he kept calm and he was tickled pink to think he had gone two days without a temper tantrum. He was still a
little brown turkey and a very happy one too.
He reported back to Dr. Owl on Monday and Tom thanked him for his
help. Dr. Owl told Tom he had earned the right to wear the brightly
colored tail and that he should show it of proudly from now on.
So, when you go to the farm and see the turkey strut about with his fan shaped tail all unfolded, remember this story about the turkey
with the terrible temper.