Four baby bluebirds sat crowded in the nest. Mama flew
over to the branch.
“Where's our worms?” Betty, the biggest baby bluebird
“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,”
“No, Mama. I don't want to. I'm scared.” Bonnie didn't
“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
“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.