Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Story for Kids - Little Herbert & the Rocket Ship

Story for Kids - Little Herbert & the Rocket Ship

Little Herbert invited his friends, George and Nick, to play in his back garden. Herbert’s house was the last house at the bottom end of the cul-de-sac, so there was plenty of garden space to play in, especially at the side of the house. Herbert had told his friends of his plan to build a rocket ship to take them to the moon and they were just as keen on the idea as he was.

Excitedly, the boys began to strip the pallets and the old Formica wardrobe that Herbert’s Dad had dumped against the sidewall of the house and with hammers, nails and a length of plastic washing line; they began to construct their space ship. With orange boxes for seats, an old transistor radio and an old, wind up alarm clock for instruments, the rocket was beginning to take shape, even if it wasn’t exactly rocket shape. George provided an orange, plastic indicator light casing from his older brother’s old mini cooper and he wanted it back afterwards, even though his brother was driving a Zephyr now and Nick striped the handlebars and gear stick from his old chopper bike. The finishing touches were a glossy astral chart for a pretend view screen and an old paint tin filled with tap water and placed under the rocket for fuel. At last, the rocket ship was ready for its maiden voyage.

The boys agreed that Herbert would be ships captain, because it was his idea and his back garden. Nick would be pilot, because he had provided the handlebars to steer the ship and George would be navigator, because they couldn’t think of anything else that he could be and as George was the youngest, it seemed only right, to Nick and Herbert at least, that his role was the less integral. For friendship’s sake, George had bowed to seniority on numerous occasions.

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