A Star Wars RENN-dition of Chicken Little

Today’s post is a very special one for a very special boy.

Children’s author Susanna Leonard Hill has put together an amazing treat for one of the families in our kid lit community. Here’s a bit from her post to explain:

“Renn has a challenging week ahead.  He has epilepsy, and the doctors are having a difficult time figuring out how to control his seizures.  He has to go into the hospital for several days to undergo a number of tests, and last time I checked, that wasn’t anyone’s idea of a good time.  If you’d like to learn more, you can join the blog at The Brain Of A Jedi, or the Face Book Group at Purple Day, but suffice to say he is only 5, and facing some things no 5 year old should have to.”

Susanna asked if I would like to participate by writing something fun for Renn. During his stay at the hospital, he and his mom will be able to visit all of the stories, poems, videos and pictures by clicking on the different links on Susanna’s post. You can enjoy them as well by clicking here.

Renn…here’s a fun “Renn” dition of the story of Chicken Little.

Photos courtesy of http://starwars.com/

Chicken Little was in the woods one day when an acorn fell on her head. It scared her so much, she trembled all over. She shook so hard, half her feathers fell out.


Chicken Little said, “Help! Help! The sky is falling! I have to go and tell the king!”

So she ran in great fright to tell the king. Along the way, she met Luke Skywalker.


Luke Skywalker asked her, “Where are you going?”

Chicken Little replied, “Oh help! The sky is falling! I am going to tell the king.”

Luke asked, “How do you know the sky is falling?”

And Chicken Little replied, “I saw it with my own eyes and heard it with my own ears, and part of it fell on my head!”

Luke answered, “I will be happy to help you, but the way of the Jedi is to observe and find out what the problem is…think and decide what the best solution is…and then act intelligently and carry out what must be done. First, take me back to the place where it happened.”

So they went along and went along and soon they met R2D2.


“Where are you going?” asked R2D2.

“I am going to tell the king that the sky is falling.” said Chicken Little.

“How do you know that the sky is falling?” asked R2D2.

I saw it with my own eyes and heard it with my own ears and a piece of it fell right on top of my head.”

Luke said, “First we are going back to find out what happened.”

So they went along and went along and soon they met C3PO.


“Where are you going?” asked C3PO.

“I am going to tell the king that the sky is falling.” said Chicken Little.

“How do you know the sky is falling?” asked C3PO.

“I saw it with my own eyes and heard it with my own ears and a piece of it fell right on my head.” exclaimed Chicken Little.

“But first we are going back to see what happened.” aid Luke Skywalker and R2D2.

So they went along and went along and went along and soon they met the Grand Masters of the Jedi Council.


“Where are you going?” they asked.

“I am going to tell the king that the sky is falling.” said Chicken Little.

“How do you know the sky is falling?” they replied.

“I saw it with my own eyes and heard it with my own ears and a piece of it fell right on my head.” exclaimed Chicken Little.

“But first we are going back where it happened” said Luke and R2D2 and 3CPO.

Just then, they came to the place in the forest where the acorn had fallen on Chicken Little’s head. Luke, R2D2, 3CPO and all of the Jedi Grand Masters carefully searched the area.

“Is this where the piece of the sky fell on your head?” asked Luke Skywalker, standing over the large acorn that lay amongst the leaves.

“Yes, yes, yes…that is the exact spot!” Chicken Little jumped up and down excitedly, but she wasn’t really feeling frightened anymore, not with her Jedi friends there with her.

Luke bent down and picked up the acorn. “I believe that this is what fell on your head, Chicken Little. It was an acorn, not the sky.

“Oh dear, I think you are right.” said Chicken Little, feeling a little embarrassed. “Thank you, dear friends. With you and the force with me, even if the sky had been falling, I would have felt safe.”

All of her companions smiled. Luke said, “We all feel afraid sometimes, especially if something happens that we don’t understand or we have to do something we don’t like. Just remember that when you have those you love around you, they will help you through it.”

With their hands raised in a farewell salute, they all shouted, “LET THE FORCE BE WITH YOU!”

I join in the salute, Renn…’LET THE FORCE BE WITH YOU’…and your family and your doctors!

I hope you had fun with the story. I will be thinking about you and your family this week…sending lots of love and good wishes!

About viviankirkfield

Writer for children - Reader forever - Mom of 3, educator, author of FOUR OTTERS TOBOGGAN: AN ANIMAL COUNTING BOOK (PomegranateKids, March 15, 2019), PIPPA'S PASSOVER PLATE (Holiday House, Feb 13, 2019), SWEET DREAMS, SARAH (Creston Books, May 1, 2019); MAKING THEIR VOICES HEARD: THE INSPIRING FRIENDSHIP OF ELLA FITZGERALD AND MARILYN MONROE (Little Bee Books, Spring 2020); FROM HERE TO THERE: INVENTIONS THAT CHANGED THE WAY THE WORLD MOVES (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Fall 2020) picture book junkie, lover of travel, hiking, fly-fishing, cooking, and playing Monopoly with my young grandson.

Posted on March 11, 2013, in Epilepsy, Overcoming fears, Star Wars, Uncategorized and tagged , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 30 Comments.

  1. What a beautiful message Vivian. I love the story your created for Renn!


  2. This is co clever, Vivian. I love it, and I know Renn will too.


  3. Aw! This is so sweet Vivian. What a perfect message 🙂 And who would have thunk of Chicken Little and all those Star Wars characters? So creative and fun! I’m sure Renn will love it. Thank you so much for joining in. 🙂


    • Thanks go to you, Susanna, for being the ‘producer’ (as Erik wrote in the credits of his video) of this spectacular show of love and humanity…people reaching out to brighten the day of a child that most have never met…it reaffirms my belief that there is a lot of good out there.:)


  4. Stacy S. Jensen

    Very, Very cool story Vivian. I cracked up over the Renn-dition. 🙂 I’m sure it will give Renn and family a big smile too.


  5. A very nice way to carry about message of support, especially for a boy!


  6. This is absolutely wonderful and fantastic, Vivian!


    • Thank you so much, Iza…I was so touched by the outpouring of love and friendship for this little boy. I’m so honored to be part of this group…and I very much appreciate your kind words.:)


  7. AwwwWwww! How wonderful…you made me cry! This is a beautiful and fun story, Vivian. So special.


    • Laura…Chicken Little (sometimes the story is called Henny Penny) was always a favorite of mine…and taught me early on not to ‘fly off the handle’ when things didn’t seem to be going quite right. I hope Renn enjoyed it as well…and I’m grateful for your sweet comment.:)


  8. You ar so pun-ny, Vivian! Love it!


  9. AWESOME!!!! 😀 I LOVE IT! 😀


  10. Oh Vivian! What the perfect story. I was wondering how you were going to bring it all together at the end and you hit so many wonderful notes. 🙂


    • It’s funny how we get a spark of an idea and then luckily it works out.:) Lucky for me, Renn’s name is Renn…otherwise, the Renn-dition wouldn’t have been as clever. :)BTW, I just posted the revised ‘Visitor to Deep Pool’ on our critique group site…if you have the time tomorrow, that would be great…otherwise, you can do it another day…as I had said, I realized I do have more time…no pressure for you, okay?


  11. Vivian, this is a beautiful story! It’s true that we can face anything if we’re surrounded by love and support.


    • Thank you so much, Heather…it was such fun to write it (always loved the Chicken Little story) and so soul-satisfying to participate in such a worthy endeavor.:) I totally agree…when you have love and support, anything is possible.:)


  12. Vivian! What an amazing story! You are sure to delight Renn and his family. Knowing our loved one’s are around us is the strength we need in times of trial. Thanks so much. 🙂


  13. So touching and wonderful Vivian!!


  14. What an awesome story, Vivian!!


  15. WUNDERBAR! What a great idea! You have to talk to Lucas about working on the film for this! Love it!


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