Wow: An egg, a chicken and then a new bicycle

    The Pyke Family

    Pics: Donal Foley

    A SUPER tale with a moral was launched at a lively function in MacDonagh Junction on Thursday.

    A children’s book called Chloe’s Chicks by Joyce Keating from Kildare who has been living in our city for four years was launched in a atmosphere of conviviality and good fun.

    Author Joyce is a brave woman who has had open heart surgery. She is a member of Loughboy Writing Group and was joined by fellow scribes for an afternoon of games and more games, followed by lots of goodies.

    Not surprisingly, the theme was chicken, Easter orientated. A young girl dressed as a chicken was a noble ambassador for the event.

    There were crisps, drinks and face painting for children courtesy of Dunne’s Stores while Starbucks supplied coffee.

    It was a family occasion with children, parents and in some cases grandparents coming together to mark the launch of a 28-page colour picture book which should be enjoyed by the young and perhaps the young at heart too.

    The party went on for a few hours as sweets, biscuits and nibbles were distributed freely and in the background, surprise, surprise, The Birdie Song, released, rather appropriately, by a band called The Tweets in 2012, was blasted out.

    The book tells the story of a little girl called Chloe who asked her dad to give her chicken eggs so that she could hatch chicks for profit and save up to buy herself a bicycle.

    An entrepreneurship course which Joyce attended as she recuperated from surgery, no doubt played a part in the theme which encourages creative thinking and a mindset of self sustainability in early years.

    Enthusiasm at the launch party suggests that there just may be more chicks and lots more bicycles in the local community this summer.