Azure looked down at her three
eggs. Pride filled her heart thinking of the little blue birds that
would soon hatch. A crack appeared in one of the eggs. Soon a tiny
yellow beak broke through the shell. "My first baby." She watched
patiently as it climbed out and fluffed up its blue feathers. "I shall
name you Skyler. You're the color of the sky."
Skyler sat in the nest next to his
mama and both of them watch the second egg crack.
"My second baby." Azure smiled as
the tiny blue bird broke through the shell and fluffed up its feathers.
"You are blue too. I'll call you Crystal because you are as blue as
Crystal looked at her mama and
then, before Azure could do anything else, Crystal jumped out of the
nest and ran toward the pond.
Azure chirped and ran after her
baby. Skyler didn't want to be without his mama so he ran after her.
The third egg lay in the nest
alone. Two tiny cracks appeared in the shell and both of the baby bird's
feet poked out. The tiny blue bird climbed out of the nest, not able to
see, and followed the sound of his mama's chirps.
"There you are, Crystal! You stay
in the nest with Skyler and the other egg until Mama says it's okay to
leave." Azure took Crystal by the wing and they headed back to the nest.
On the way they saw Skyler. "Skyler! What are you doing out of the nest?
Did you leave the egg alone?" Azure took Skyler's wing and the three
birds hurried back. Mama bird was horrified when she saw that the third
egg was missing. "My egg! Where is it?" She looked at her babies.
"You'll have to come with me to find the egg. Stick close to Mama."
They searched for hours but never
found the egg. Finally Mama drew a picture of her egg and hammered it on
a tree in the woods.
Herman, the owl, had just woken
up. The sun was going down and he was feeling rather hungry. He spread
his wings and flew around looking for a snake or a mouse. "What is
that?" He swooped down and saw the egg. "An egg running around? How odd.
That's not supposed to happen." Just then he saw the picture Mama bird
had put on the tree. "Ah, so you're missing. Your mama must be worried
sick." Herman picked up the egg, carried it in his wings and flew over
to the oak tree to find Azure. She was sitting in her nest with the
other two babies.
"My baby! You found my egg! Thank
you, Herman." Azure took her egg and put it in the nest. Herman flew off
to finish finding food for supper.
Azure curled her babies and the
egg close to her and they all fell asleep. When she woke up in the
morning, instead of an egg, there lay another tiny blue bird. It had big
blue eyes and an orange beak. "My baby! You've hatched. I'm going to
call you Gypsy because you like to wander."
Later that morning, Azure took her
three babies to the pond and taught them to swim. She smiled, happy to
have her family safe and close by.