The Magpie's Nest
William Stobbs ~ Joseph Jacobs ~ Follett, 1970
Today is the day my son tours his new school for next year. He is excited about first grade but terrified by the idea of going into it via Spanish Immersion. "I'm happy with the language I have, Mommy." Ouch. So, this week I'll be giving him all sorts of reassuring love about how awesome it is to be bilingual... and reading him all kinds of books about the things he loves best, pájaros.
All the birds of the air came to the magpie and asked her to teach them how to build nests. For the magpie is the cleverest bird of all at building nests. So she put all the birds round her and began to show them how to do it.
This is a funny little old English fairy tale about how the magpie teaches other birds to build nests, but the other birds are to impatient to wait until the end, so they each leave only taking a wee bit of the lesson with them. Thus, why all birds build nests differently. Never can say no to an illustrated nest, or two.
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