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Magic Sneezes


Storytime and other Library programs.

Let the wild rumpus start!

Magic Sneezes

Scott Bahlmann

Based on the story Seven Sneezes by by Olga Cabral


Once there was a Dog, a cat, and a rabbit that all lived together. The dog was brown and very big, and had a big voice to go with it. ‘Woof, Woof’. The cat was black with a tiny voice, and tiny ears as well. ‘meow’. And the Rabbit was white, with big fluffy ears.

They were all happy, the Bunny adored his big ears, the cat liked her tiny ones, and the dog was proud of his powerful ‘Woof, Woof!”

One day a boy was walking past, there was some dust blowing in the air and he started sneezing

(I'll be using my boy puppet for this part, so there isn't a visual for him.) =]

“Achoo, Kapoo, Haibloo!”

Then he kept on walking, but something strange had happened.


(The rabbit and cat ears are separate pieces that can be switched between the characters)

The black cat had big bunny ears, and the white bunny had tiny little kitty ears.

The dog started laughing, “Oh, you both look so foolish!” but he spoke in the tiny kitty voice!

“Oh, what has happened!” Said the cat, and her voice was the powerful voice of the dog.

“Give me back my ears!” she said to the rabbit.


The rabbit was so upset he just started to hiccup.

“It was hic, the boy! Hic, hic, His sneezes, hic, made us like this, hic, hic. They must be magic Hic sneezes.’

“Well then” said the dog, “let’s find him and make him sneeze again so we’ll be switched back!”

So they set off to find the boy. Soon they came upon a strange bird, with lots of feathers coming out of its head.


(As with the ears, the rooster tail and comb are interchangeable)

“Oh my goodness!” said the dog, “What has happened to you!”

“You look ridiculous” said the cat.

“It isn’t my fault!” the rooster crowed. “I was just pecking in the dirt at the side of the road, when a boy walked by and sneezed! Now my tail is on my head, and my comb is on my bottom.”

The dog spoke up. “We’re looking for the boy, so he’ll sneeze again and put us back how we were, you can come along too.”

So they all continued down the path when,


They heard a sneeze!

“Oh hurry!” Called the cat “That must be the boy!”

But just then something came running toward them.


“Eee! A ghost!” the rooster cried. ‘Run away!”

“Wait please, I’m not a ghost, I’m a pig! Only, I’ve just had all of my beautiful pink sneezed off by a child. I’m so embarrassed.”

“We’ve got to stop him” cried the dog “If we can get him to sneeze again, we’ll be put back the way we should be!”

So they all rushed down the street and found the boy.

“Your sneezes have mixed all of us up!” The dog said, “Please sneeze again so we’ll be fixed.”


“Oh, I’m so sorry about that! My sneezes are magical and cause all sorts of trouble. The only trick is I have to sneeze the same sneeze that caused the trouble in the first place! Let me borrow one of roosters feathers to see if we can fix this.”

So the boy tickled his nose with a feather, and started sneezing.



And the pig got his color back! “Oh thank you!”



And the rooster’s tail went back where it belonged. He was so happy he crowed!

“Achoo, Kapoo, Haibloo!”The ears of the rabbit went back on the rabbit, and the ears of the cat went back on the cat.


“Oh try to say something!” The rabbit said to the dog.

“Woof! Woof!” “meow! We’re all fixed!” the cat said.

So they thanked the boy, and went back home where they lived happily together. The rabbit with his big soft ears, the cat with her tiny ears and voice ‘meow”, and the dog with his big powerful voice.” Woof woof!”

The end

This Flannel Friday is being hosted by Sarah at Read It Again!