I also learned that during WWII, this story was used to illustrate the situation of fear-mongering going on between the Nazis and the Allies. The name "Chicken Licken" became an idiom to describe those who foolishly followed their irrational fears. The phrase "The sky is falling" became an idiom describing those irrational fears. And, of course, "Foxy Loxy" came to represent those fear-mongers who prey on the weak and gullible.
The second song, "The Clever Plan," needed to sum up the story and I decided that it also needed to explain a clear moral. So, in a minor mode with sneaky sounding accompaniment, I retold how the fox had a clever plan to lure the fowl to his den. "He took advantage of a foolish fear and got himself a meal." Then, "The moral of this tale is clear: Don't be persuaded by a foolish fear. Just get the facts before you act, or you will be the fool!"
Eventually, I would like to create a full scale Children's Musical developing this tale. I think this idea of being courageous when confronting your fears is an important part of growing up. We certainly have many factors in our world today that may make us think that the sky is falling down around us. Perhaps we all need to be reminded not to be persuaded by a foolish fear!
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Now available: "The Tale of Chicken Licken" - 30 minute children's musical for ages 5-12