A Small Step for Man – A Giant Leap for Chickens

By 3rd class, Maree National School, Co Galway. Illustrations by Roisin Curé


Nicky Licky lived on a farm in Donegal. Nicky Licky was in her pen when Alice the Astronaut came and opened it. Alice was coming in to collect the eggs when Nicky came over to stop her. Alice gave Nicky a big hug.

Nicky Licky’s Mum came into the pen and started shouting and screaming. Nicky Licky started clucking and then Alice took her out. Alice locked Nicky Licky’s Mum into the pen but Nicky Licky’s Mum kept shouting at them as they ran down the street.

“You’re in luck,” said Alice, “as I have my rocket and we’re going to space while your Mam is locked in the chicken pen.”

After they took off into space Nicky Licky said, “It’s always been my dream to go to the moon.” Nicky complained, “But I have no space suit,” when Alice said “Don’t worry, I have a chicken-suit for you.”

Nicky Licky asked, “What planet are we going to?” and Alice replied, “We’re going to Planet Bong. It will take four years to get to the moon but only 40 days to get to Planet Bong.”

Meanwhile back in Donegal, Nicky Licky’s Mum was still locked into the chicken pen and she asked everyone who passed to let her out but they wouldn’t do it. So she began to bite through the chicken wire but she forgot it was electrified wire. “Flippin Fionnuala!” she said, as she remembered just in time. “Help!” she baulked . . .

Meanwhile up in space Alice the Astronaut and Nicky Licky saw something moving towards them . . .