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Children's Stories
by Margo Fallis
Four Baby Bluebirds

Four baby bluebirds sat crowded in the nest. Mama flew over to the branch.

“Where's our worms?” Betty, the biggest baby bluebird asked.

“Starting today you are going to learn to catch your own worms. I want you to follow me,” Mama said. The four babies climbed out of the nest and walked to the end of the branch. Mama flew into the air. “Jump, Betty. Just flap your wings and fly.”

Betty didn't wait. She flapped her wings and flew around her mama.

“Very good, Betty. Now go down to the ground and find a worm and then fly back to the nest,” Mama said.

Betty flew away.

“Billy, you're next.”

“Okay, Mama.” Billy flew off the branch, flapping his wings up and down.

“Very good, Billy. Now go and do the same as Betty.”

Billy flew away.

“It's your turn now, Bobby,” Mama said.

“I don't think I can do it,” Bobby said.

“Yes, you can. Just jump and fly.”

Bobby fluttered his wings, took a deep breath and jumped. “I'm flying! I'm flying!”

Mama smiled. “Very good, Bobby. Now go and do as Billy and Betty are doing.”

Bobby flew away.

“You're the last one left, Bonnie. Just jump and fly,” Mama said.

“No, Mama. I don't want to. I'm scared.” Bonnie didn't move.

“Bonnie, you must listen to me. If you don't fly, you can't eat. I won't bring worms to you anymore,” Mama said.

Bonnie watched as Betty, Billy and Bobby flew back to the nest with big worms in their mouths. They were fat and juicy and wiggled around. The three bluebirds gobbled them down.

Bonnie's tummy rumbled. She wanted a worm to eat. She closed her eyes, took a deep breath and then she jumped.

“Flap your wings!” Mama shouted.

Bonnie moved her wings up and down. “I'm flying! I'm flying!”

“Very good, Bonnie. I knew you could do it.”

Bonnie flew to the ground, caught a worm and took it to the nest, gobbling it down.

From then on Betty, Billy, Bobby and Bonnie flew everywhere and ate as many worms as they wanted.

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