We have two stories by a sister and brother in this post! Both are based on this fun illustration by Julie Coyle.
Can Chickens Fly?
This is a story about a chicken that wanted to fly. My name is Penny. I live on a small farm in Cheney, Washington. I have two friends on the farm. Their names are Henry and Petunia. On the farm was a chicken coop were I and twenty-nine other chickens live. There is a house where Mr. and Mrs. Peterson live too. There is a barn also.
Today was like any other day. I ate the feed that Mrs. Peterson put in our feeder. Then, I took a drink from the water barrel. After, I went out to the run. When I got out there, I saw something in the back of the chicken coop. I couldn’t tell what it was, so I got closer and I picked it up. It was stretchy, round, and red. I didn’t know what it was.
I ran inside the coop. When I Saw Henry and Petunia, I raced over to them.
“Hi guys! Guess what I found?”
“What?” asked Henry.
“I found a red, stretchy, round thing.”
“Sounds interesting, can we see it?” said Petunia.
“Sure, follow me!!”
We went to the back of the coop.
“There it is!!”
“Hey, I’ve seen this before”, said Petunia. “It’s called a balloon.”
“Wow! How do you know that?”
“Cause my very first owner had a little girl about five years old. She loved balloons.”
“Oh, that makes sense. Hey, do you know that phrase chickens can’t fly?”
“I bet we could prove them wrong.”
“How?” asked Petunia.
“With you guys and the balloon. I will sit in the middle of the balloon and you both will take a side. Then, when I say go, you will throw me into the air and if I fly, we can show everyone that chicken can fly. Ok, are you guys ready?”
“Ready, set, go!”
“Wee! This is awesome!”
“Flap your wings Penny!!”
“Come back down Penny.”
“Are you ok?”
“Yep, that hurt. I want to get better at that, but we finally proved that chickens can fly!”
Chickens Can Fly
There were three chickens. Their names were Henry, Rio, and Max. They loved balloons so they went to a party.
At the party they each grabbed some balloons. When they got back, they were so tired. So, they went to bed.
The next morning, they woke up. The farmer gave them feed and they ate. When they were done eating, one of them got caught on the balloon and started lifting off the ground.
One of the chickens grabbed the chicken’s leg and that chicken started lifting off too. Rio shouted let go! He tugged and tugged. The chickens still didn’t let go.
They finally let go and they fell in the bushes.
Rio said, “That was terrible.”
The others said, “That was awesome!”
Rio said, “Have we learned our lesson?”
The others said, “Never go to a party and grab balloons.”
Rio said, “Yes.”
About the Illustrator:
Julie Coyle is a cartoonist, illustrator and aspiring children’s book author. She works primarily in watercolor, pen and ink. She studied illustration at Hollins University where she received a graduate certificate in illustrating children’s books. She holds an MFA in creative writing from Spalding University and has been a member of SCBWI since 2009.
Much of Julie’s inspiration comes from her experiences growing up on a small farm on the Olympic Peninsula in western Washington where many of her best friends were four-legged and furry. Her love of animals, along with her enthusiasm for comic strips and storytelling eventually led her to creating children’s books. Her stories often incorporate slapstick style humor with lovably flawed characters whose big hearts tend to get them into silly situations.
Julie resides in Pullman Washington with her husband, two amazing step-kids, one sweet dog, a grumpy bunny and three rather mischievous chickens.