A giraffe in outer space

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Leia was a giraffe unlike any other. Her neck was longer and she was spottier than many of her peers. Moreover, it was common knowledge that, whenever she set her mind on something she’d go through with it and succeed.

That was precisely the case when the animals heard that Leia the Giraffe wanted to go into space: they knew it was going to happen!

Leia set her mind on going to outer space after she had seen the stars and the planets in a photograph. She was so curious to see them up close, to set…hoof on the Moon, get closer to the Sun, go out on a stroll on the Milky Way and hop from cloud to cloud. But what she yearned to see is whether or not in space there were giraffes just like her.

For a while she kept searching for a travelling companion amongst the animals, however since none of them seemed to have enough courage to go into outer space, she decided to go alone on her great adventure. There was one more issue to solve before going: she had no clue what she would use as a means of transport…She had heard of rocket-ships, yet she had no idea where she would find one!

After many searches and researches, Leia discovered that giraffes cannot simply go into space, just like that. She had to be accompanied by a human who goes into outer-space, called an astronaut. And so she had to look far and wide for such a human. She also discovered that no astronaut had ever went to space with a giraffe.

As I had mentioned before, Leia was no quitter and did not give her dreams up that easily. Even if it seemed short of impossible to go into outer space, she was determined to find a solution. And so, no one had been socked when, after a few days, the Giraffe announced:

– I’ve found the solution and I’ll be going to outer-space! I’ll return and tell you all about it. Farewell, friends!

And with that, she left.

For a few days no one had seen Leia in the forest and everyone was talking about her going into space. Nobody knew how she had managed to leave, but they were all convinced she had made it.

When Leia finally turned up in the forest again, she seemed changed. Her eyes were…sparkly. Everyone welcomed her and cheered, eager to hear her stories.

Leia sat down and and told her friends about the Moon which has mountains, about astronauts and their strange suits, about object floating in space and about all the planets she had seen. The animals were listening to her every word, in utmost awe. They liked the story so much, that some of them wanted to accompany her next time she went into outer-space.

– Of course!, said Leia,  “ will leave again tomorrow morning. Those of you who want to join me, please be ready and meet me at the edge of the forest.

– But how will we travel? How did you get there? Is it dangerous?, the animals asked.

– Weeeeell, I do have something to confess. I didn’t literally travel into outer-space. But know all about the things there. It’s just as if I had actually been!

– How come?, the animals asked astonished.

– I promise you’ll understand everything tomorrow morning. All I can tell you now is that it’s not a dangerous place, on the contrary, it’s fun. I will be waiting for you at the edge of the forest!” said Leia and went to bed.

Despite the fact that they were afraid, the next morning all the animals, small and big, were there, at the edge of the forest, prepared for the incredible adventure. None of them wanted to miss out on a trip into outer-space. Or at least, nearly a trip to space…

After a while, Leia appeared and asked them to pair up and they all started towards the city. When they arrived there, the animals were surprised to see that the Giraffe had stopped in front of a building, with the word “LIBRARY” written on it.

– What is this building? Is this where we embark for our trip into outer-space?, they asked.

– Yes, precisely., said Leia. You’ll see that, once we enter here, we’ll be able to go wherever we want.

They all entered, hearts pounding in their chest, and saw very large rooms filled with shelves with neatly arranged books on them. Leia showed them a book with wonderful pictures and drawings of the space, and a lot of stories about it – they all seemed surreal. Leia told them all:

“When you read, you go to any place you want, even places where a giraffe could never ever get to.”

The animals flipped through the pages of the book and realised that Leia was right: they found out everything they needed to know about space, and saw pictures of planets. It was, indeed, as if they had really been there!

The next day they went back and read about castles.

The following day about unicorns, about brave kings, valiant princes, beautiful princesses, they discovered many things about the lives of the dinosaurs and their long gone world, about pirates and their treasures, and also about mermaids and their mesmerising songs with which they charmed sailors to come to them, beneath the blue waters.

And in the evenings, before going sleep, the animals closed their eyes and remembered what they had read about, at the library. They dreamt about travelling to wonderful worlds, full of charm. In the morning, they would wake up smiling, remembering what they had dreamt.

Try it, children! Read as much as you can! Books have the power to take you to amazing places, places where giraffes and sometimes not even humans can get to!

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