is our first audio story. It starts like this:
It was spring, the time of year when birds learn how to fly. Mother Blackbird,
and the four baby blackbirds, Brenda, Belinda, Brett, and Billy were standing
in their nest in the big oak tree.
"Today children you shall learn to fly" said Mother Blackbird to her four babies.
"Yahoo!" they all shouted, and jumped out of the nest and onto a branch of the big oak tree.
"It's really very easy. Just begin by flapping your wings".
The baby birds all flapped their wings and chirped happily.
"Oh Mum" said Brenda Blackbird, "This is the happiest day of my life.
Today I will fly and fly and fly and fly andà".
"Well" said Mother Blackbird smiling "flying is what birds do best, and it's
very easy. Now pay attention. When we fly away from here, I want you to fly to
the big maple tree beside the forest. I will go first. Open your wings, bend
your legs and begin to flap like this."
The baby birds did as their mother asked, and chirped loudly with excitement.
"On the count of three we will jump, and then you must flap your wings as quickly as you can. Do as I say and
you will be flying!".
Mother Blackbird counted slowly "1, 2, 3... jump children. Jump!"
There was a great flapping of wings and three of the four
baby birds jumped. Within seconds they were flying.
Billy blackbird was flapping his wings like crazy, but he couldn't jump, he was frightened.
"What's wrong Billy?" asked Mother Blackbird, "Jump. Come on your brother and sisters are already flying
over to the big maple tree".
Billy Blackbird flapped and flapped, but he just couldn't jump. "Ohhhhh Mum, I'm scared, what
if I fall down? What if I can't fly? How will I get back up here to the
"Billy, of course you can fly. All blackbirds can fly! Just believe me.
Flap your wings. I will count to three and then you jump"
Billy agreed, and again Mother Blackbird counted to three, but Billy just
couldn't jump. Mother Blackbird didn't know what to do. The other three baby birds would already be
at the tree by now, and wondering where their mother was.
"Billy, I must go to your brother and sisters, you wait here and I'll come back for you.
Remember, all blackbirds can fly and so can you!"
Mother Blackbird flew away and Billy sat all alone in the tree. At first he was happy that he didn't have
to fly, but after five or ten minutes he began to worry. "Where is my Mum" he
said out loud. Another five minutes passed and his stomach began to rumble.
Billy called again. "Mum, where are you? I'm hungry. Mum, can you hear me? I
want a worm, no, I want two worms. MUM!"
What will happen to Billy? Will he be flying some day? You have to listen to the story to find that out.