A delightful book for reading to young children or for you to print on your home printer for children to read themselves.
The sad tale of Charlie a Cockerel who lives on Ten Acre Farm. He spends his days daydreaming of what he could have been and not what he is.
He is very lazy and fails to do his work on the farm which is to awaken the Farmer and all of the other animals as dawn breaks. Read of his adventure when his 'big idea' doesn't exactly turn out the way he had hoped!
There was once a large cockerel called Charlie, whose many feathers of bright orange, red and gold were like the colours of the dawn sun. He lived on Ten Acre Farm with many cows and sheep, pigs, goats, a black and white sheep dog, a sleepy cat and a large plough horse called Trevor.
On the farm, it was Charlie's job to greet the dawn sun with his loud crowing to awaken the Farmer, his wife and Son and the rest of the other animals every morning.
But sadly, Charlie failed to do his job because of his laziness. He preferred to spend his time daydreaming, laying on his back on top of a large bale of hay, looking up at the pale blue sky above him. He longed to be able to dive and soar just like other birds can do. He wanted to fly South with the Swallows before Winter came, to faraway places with strange sounding names.
Now everyone, knows that cockerels can't really fly. Oh, they can manage to leap a few feet up into the air when excited or frightened, but it's not real flying is it?
All of the other animals laughed at Charlie. He was very silly.
“You'll certainly find yourself in trouble if you don't mend your ways,” Roderick the pig grunted one day. “It's all your fault that the Farmer doesn't get up out of bed until very late. He doesn't have time to get his breakfast which puts him in a bad temper.”
The rest of the pigs squealed loudly in agreement.
“ And Farmer Bill, gets angry with me if we're late starting to plough the fields in time for sowing the cabbage seeds!” snorted Trevor the Plough horse.
Charlie sighed heavily and said that he was very sorry for all of the trouble he had caused , but he couldn't change the way he felt.
“ Hey! ….I'm neither bad nor lazy!” he protested.