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Sidney Snail and The Magic Egg

Sidney decided to take his usual morning walk down the garden. As he got halfway down he could see some kind of hut with wire around it. “What’s going on?” he thought to himself. “I’ll go and see for myself.”

He hid behind a bush until the Giants from the house (whom he knew now to be people) had gone in. “Very odd” thought Sidney “ I wonder what that is for.”
Later in the day he could hear strange, new sounds, which woke him up, from his afternoon nap. “I have to go and see what they are,” he thought to himself.

He came out of his house and he saw that there were some birds inside the wire, but they were strange birds he had not seen before, “Cock a doodle doo, Cock a doodle doo” cried a big white bird on seeing Sidney. “My name is Burt and I am a cockerel: Who are you?” he asked Sidney. “I am Sidney Snail,” said Sidney “and what are these other birds making a funny noise?” “They” said Burt “are chickens and hens and they are my family. I am the boss.”
“Can I meet your family?” asked Sidney. “ I suppose so said Burt. Come this way.”

Sidney moved into the wire enclosure and met two brown hens Lucy and Jenny: “They said their hello’s and Jenny said she had to go sit on some eggs. “What are eggs?” asked Sidney.

“I lay one egg every day” said Jenny. “And the people at the house come and pick it up and they eat it for their breakfast. They are very good eggs.”

Jenny then called to Sidney to come see something. “What is it?” he asked peering into the dark hut. “Follow me” said Jenny. As Sidney’s eyes got used to the dark he could see two oval shapes in a nest. “These are my eggs and I sit on them all day, but because they are special eggs they are not picked up each day.” “Why are they special?” asked Sidney. “You will have to wait and see” said Jenny.

Sidney said goodbye and wandered off. Later that night he went to visit Burt and Lucy and jenny but they had been shut up for the night to keep Brushtail the fox away. Sidney went back the next morning but Burt and Jenny and Lucy were eating their food.

“I will just go and have a peep at the eggs” said Sidney, letting himself into the shed. The two eggs were still there. Suddenly he heard a tapping noise, Tap, tap, tap.
“What could it be?” It seemed to be coming from the egg, but that was not possible, was it?” he thought to himself.

Sidney went back the next morning bur Burt and Jenny and Lucy were eating their food.
“I will just go and have a peep at the eggs” said Sidney, letting himself into the shed. The two eggs were still there. Suddenly he heard a tapping noise, Tap, tap, tap.
“What could it be?” It seemed to be coming from the egg, but that was not possible, was it?”
he thought to himself.

Suddenly he saw a great big crack in the egg. He was frightened Burt and the hens would think he had broken it. As he turned to run away, he heard a noise, “cheep, cheep, cheep,”

He looked around and to his amazement, where the egg had been stood the tiniest, fluffiest little hen he had ever seen. “Cheep, cheep” went the little stranger. Sidney went and called Jenny.

“Look at your egg – it is a magic egg and it had a chicken in it- see he is over there.” Jenny came running in “oh I have a baby chicken and I shall call him Feathers.” “Can I come and see him again?” asked Sidney. “Of course you can” said Jenny, “and who knows the other egg may be magic as well” she said.
“ will come and see you and will tell all my friends you lay magic eggs.”
The next day as Sidney went to visit Lucy and Jenny he saw Burt strutting around very proudly with Jenny and two tiny yellow chickens behind them. “Gosh” said Sidney “that other egg must have been magic too, I cannot believe it.” “How on earth did those chickens get inside those eggs?”

“I must go home to try to work it out so I can tell Ripple and Frankie when they come home.”
So Sidney went home and thought and thought and thought about the chickens in the eggs. “Yes” he finally decided “they are indeed Magic Eggs” and with that he fell happily asleep.

Written By Barbara Brewin ©