Ichabod, the purple dragon, had
lawys wanted to go skydiving. Even though he had wings and could fly
anywhere he wanted, he wanted to jump from an airplane and soar through
the sky, popping open his parachute and falling gently to the ground.
A man heard about Ichabod's
unusual request and went to the dragon's cave. "Ichabod, I hear you want
to jump from an airplane and parachute to the ground."
Ichabod yawned and when he saw the
man, he walked out of the cave. "Yes, I'd love to do that. Will you take
The man said, "Sure. Why don't you
come in my airplane right now and we'll go up. It's a nice day with
little or no wind. You'll be safe."
Ichabod smiled and followed the
man. The dragon climbed inside the airplane and strapped himself into
the chair while the plane taxied down the runway. It took off and
Ichabod looked down at the ground. After they'd gone up high enough, the
man came back to Ichabod. "We're ready. Put on your parachute and go to
the door. When I say to jump, you should jump."
Ichabod put his parachute on and
buckled it up. He tugged it to make sure it was tight and secure. "I'm
going to jump from this airplane."
But when the door opened and
Ichabod saw how high up he was, the dragon changed his mind. "Uh, um, I
don't think I want to do this. Look how high up we are. What if my
parachute doesn't open? What if I die when I hit the ground?"
The man laughed. "Don't be so
worried. Just jump."
Ichabod stood at the door. The
wind blew and he took a step back. "I can't do it. I just can't." He ran
back to the chair and sat.
The man went up to the cockpit and
took the plane back down. "If you want to try again tomorrow, just come
over here and we'll try again."
Ichabod went home and thought
about it all night. The next day he went to try again, but as soon as
that door opened, he changed his mind. It went like this for ten days.
Ichabod decided he would never be brave enough.
One day a yellow bird flew into
Ichabod's cave. "Ichabod, I heard about your fear of sky diving. Why are
The dragon sighed. "What if the
parachute doesn't open and I smash into the ground?"
"Don't be so silly," said the
bird. "You're a dragon. You can fly. If the parachute doesn't open, just
use your wings."
Ichabod's eyes opened wide.
"You're right!" He marched over to the airport and the man took him up
in the plane. When they got high enough the door opened. Ichabod laughed
and jumped out of the door. He fell through the sky and opened his
parachute. "Whee! This is fun!" He fell like a feather. "This is fun!"
The bird flew up to Ichabod and
whistled. "You're doing great, Ichabod. You did it! You did it!"
"I certainly did." The dragon
landed with a soft thud. He looked up at the airplane and smiled. "I did