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Unknown artist, Bone cockerel

Look closely at this cockerel. What do you think it is made from? It looks like it could be made from shells, or pieces of card, but it is actually made from bones. It was made by French prisoners of war, who spent their time carefully putting together pieces of intricately shaped bone.

How long do you think it took the prisoners to make the cockerel? How many feathers do you think have been used? It looks like the cockerel has his eye on something – what do you think he’s watching?

Bone Cockerel Vivacity Culture and Leisure Peterborough Museum

Anon. Bone Cockerel Vivacity Culture and Leisure – Peterborough Museum

11 stories about “Unknown artist, Bone cockerel”

  1. Rosalind Johnson, age 10, from England

    There was a silly cockerel called Bryan. One day he heard two fellow chickens tallking about where the most tastiest root on the farm. One of them said “The tastiest root would be the roots from the oldest pine tree on the farm but beware these are the rats.”
    Bryan set off immediatly to the old pine and started digging furiously. Five rats instantly leapt out and asked” What are you doing?”
    “Digging for food.” Bryan replied.
    ” Things will change you if you eat the food under this tree.” whispered one rat.
    ” Your tallking rubbish.” he said.
    The rats left after this
    Soon after many long hours Bryan found a root and gobbled it up quickly. This made him very full and he went to sleep. Next the rats jumped out of there home and examined Bryan.
    One of then gasped ” He is made of wood”
    The one who spoke earlier exclaimed ” We warned him but he did not listen these are the consequnses of eating the oldest pine tree root on this farm.!”

  2. carly, age 7, from de

    friday 4th of jliy

    There was a silly cockerel called Bryan. One day he heard two fellow chickens tallking about where the most tastiest root on the farm. One of them said “The tastiest root would be the roots from the oldest pine tree on the farm but beware these are the rats.”
    Bryan set off immediatly to the old pine and started digging furiously. Five rats instantly leap out and asked” What are you doing?”
    “Digging for food.” Bryan replied.
    ” Things will change you if you eat the food under this tree.” whispered one rat.
    ” Your tallking rubbish.” he said.
    The rats left after this
    Soon after many long hours Bryan found a root and gobbled it up quickly. This made him very full and he went to sleep. Next the rats jumped out of there home and examined Bryan.
    One of then gasped ” He is made of wood”
    The one who spoke earlier exclaimed ” We warned him but he did not listen these are the consequnses of eating the oldest pine tree root on this farm.!”

  3. Poppy Porter-Mascull, age 7, from England

    Once upon a time there was an unknown artist in France. He lived in 1872 and loved to draw farm animals with special paints. The paints went blurry when he dabbed his paint brush onto the plain piece of paper.

    Nine days later he walked to a bakery to buy some delicious white bread. On his way there he met an old cockerel who was looking for some food. So the artist thought about it and hurried straight to the bakery for some bread for the old cockerel.

    Finally he bought his bread and gave some of it to the cockerel. He was delighted to see that the man had offered him some tasty bread. The rest was ate by the artist for his lunch. The next hour had went by and he had finished a picture of the cockerel.

  4. Laura Weaver, age 19, from England

    Soilders Came to Visit for to see Picutre of Spooky Castle

  5. Raz Dolev, age 15, from Israel

    This is a story about a cockerel, a quite different one actually. This cockerel was born in a farm at the south of France. when it was about three years old it was sent to a prison as a pet. he was loved by all of the prisoner, also the most tough ones.
    one day the cook had no food left because of a embargo during the war so he decided to cook it. all of the prisoners were horrified. so they decided to strike and they didnt come out of their sells. after 2 weeks they all came out with a big statue shaped like a cockerel. the guards were really confused then they realised that all of the bones from the their food is on this statue.
    and this is how this amazing statue came to life!

  6. dror dolev, age 10, from Israel

    there was a chicken made out of bones the end

  7. MARIE, age 2, from have a guess

    there once was a chiken and one day it grew a big feather

  8. alexandra, age 1, from somewhere

    the chicken was fat but it didnt mind

  9. MARIE, age 2, from have a guess

    there once was a chicken that was fat but it didnt mind

  10. MARIE, age 2, from have a guess

    there once was a chicken that looked angry

  11. Jaspal Bedi, age 10, from England

    Steve went to check if Tina was a wake but she wasn’t sleeping , to be honest she wasn’t even their. They both lived in a farmhouse in a farm so he went to look in the chickens houses where they lay their eggs. He came out side to say good-morning to her and help her. Meanwhile Tina fond a thing that looked like a paper mache egg, she was confused a lot. The egg started to hatch it was a paper mache chick when it grew up more it turned into a paper mache hen at this time Steve and Tina were 26 years old. finally Steve realiesed that it was actually made out of wood. Then how could it make noise? 10 years later when they were 36 years old they got curious that it was magic, they had to get rid of it, just in case it was cursed. So they fond out that it was a cursed hen. The next day they droped it in the sea it cane back. Then they didn’t feed it for a month it was still alive. But then Tina came up with chopping it’s head of it worked the hen disserperd but they never knew if the curse had left them alone.