No Time-Outs for Mischeivous Mike — A Read Aloud Story for Little Ones

I wrote the following story for my son’s kindergarten class last year.

After the story, we discussed bullying, pointing out their teacher was their wise wizard. I hope your little ones enjoy the story as much as Peanut’s class did. Please allow your little one to leave a comment, even if you have to type it.

Snuggle in and enjoy the story.

No Time-outs for Mischievous Mike


Neighbor Nancy


Once there was a wise wizard, who lived with four bouncing bunnies, three cuddly kittens, two cheeping chicks, and one tom (that’s a boy) turkey.

Now, I would like to tell you that they all lived happily together, but that is not quite the case. You see, all the animals played nicely together, except the tom turkey, Mischievous Mike. I regret to inform you that Mischievous Mike was a bully.


He would fluff up his feathers (fluff, fluff) take a deep breath (uuuuuh) and run after the four bouncing bunnies, three cuddly kittens and even the two little cheeping chicks. Why he gobbled so loudly and startled them so much that they all took turns talking to the wise wizard about Mischievous Mike’s naughty behavior.

The wise wizard was deeply disappointed in Mischievous Mike. The big tom turkey must be taught a lesson.

“If you bully anyone again, I will turn your feet into sparkly,red, party shoes” threatened the wise wizard.

Even though Mischievous Mike had said he wouldn’t scare anyone again … guess … just guess what he did.

That’s right. He frightened the cotton tails right off the four bouncing bunnies.

Poof! Mischievous Mike’s feet had permanently become sparkly, red, party shoes. I must say that he looked quite silly.

He was warned, ” If you scare anyone again, I will turn all your handsome, brown feathers into silly pastel colors that are not dignified for a tom turkey such as yourself.”

Unfortunately, the next day Mischievous Mike chased the three cuddly kittens about until they cried.

Terrible, terrible tom turkey!

Poof! Pastel fluffy, frizzy, feathers were now on the once lovely brown bird.

The wise wizard was furious.

“If I must speak to you again about your behavior, I will turn your head into a wiggly, wobbly pumpkin. Now, that is enough!”

So … um … I would like to tell you that he was well behaved, but …

Later that afternoon, Mischievous Mike scared the cheep right out of the two cheeping chicks.

Poof! A wiggly, wobbly pumpkin head had taken the place of his nice turkey head.

The wise wizard was so angry he could barely speak his final threat. It was just a harsh, spitting whisper.

“Bully anyone ever again and you will be our dinner.”

What do you think happened next? Did Mischievous Mike change his ways?

I am relieved to tell you that he did. Are you surprised?

Well, he tried very hard to be kind and good. He tried even though he ached, just ached to be naughty. I’m very proud of him, now. Are you?

In time, the four bouncing bunnies, three cuddly kitten, two cheeping chicks and the wise wizard found it in their hearts to forgive Mischievous Mike. After all, he did have to clomp about in those sparkly, red party shoes, fluffy, frizzy, pastel feathers and his new wiggly, wobbly pumpkin head.

The End

If Mischievous Mike was bothering you, what would you do?


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