THE ADVENTURES OF POPPY AND GEORGE – PART 80 An early Christmas present
Grandpa put a package on the table. “It’s an early Christmas present,” he explained.
“Wow,” said George. “Christmas is ages away. Can we open it now?”
Grandpa smiled. “You need it now,” he said.
Poppy and George tore off the paper and found a square box. “What is it?” asked Poppy.
“We need to fit it to the chicken house,” said Grandpa. “I’ve brought my tools.”
The family followed Grandpa outside. Even the chickens gathered round to watch.
“There,” said Grandpa. He pressed a button on the box. The little door the chickens used slowly closed. Grandpa pressed another button and the door opened again.
“It’s very good,” said George, thoughtfully, “but we can open and close the door just as easily ourselves.”
“Aha,” said Grandpa. “But what about when you’re not here?”
“Can the box do it for us?” asked Poppy.
“Yes,” replied Grandpa. “Chickens go to bed when it gets dark — and that’s very early in winter. This will shut them safely into their house so you can stay late at after-school clubs.”
Poppy and George hugged Grandpa. “I like early Christmas presents,” said George.