Diddily Dee Dot's Dreamland for Children Everywhere
Wed, 24 Mar 2010
A New Fable for you in Nursery land, All about friendship, in diddilydeedotsdreamland.
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retold to you today
by Diddilydeedot in
The Heron and the Humming
( From the Hitchiti
Hummingbird were very good friends, even though one
and gangly and awkward and one was small and sleek
and as fast as lightening. They both
however loved to eat fish. The Hummingbird liking
the tiny fish like tiddlers and minnows
and Heron liked the large ones. One day Hummingbird
said to Heron."Do you know Heron, I am not sure
enough fish in the world for both of our kind to
eat. Why don't we have
a race to see which of us should own the fish?"
Heron thought that was a very good idea.
They decided that they
would race for four days. The finish line was an
old dead tree next to
a far-away river. Whichever of them sat on top of
the tree first on the
fourth day of the race would own all the fish in
They set out the next morning, the Hummingbird
flying round and round the Heron, who kept moving
steadily onward towards their goal, flapping
his huge wings.
Unfortunately the Hummingbird
also liked nectar, and he was easily distracted by
flowers along the way.
He would flit from one
to the other, tasting the
sweet, sweet nectar. Then when Hummingbird noticed
that Heron was getting to far ahead he
hurried to catch up with him, overtaking Heron as
fast as he could, and
leaving him far behind. But Heron just kept flying
flapping his giant wings.
When it got
dark Hummingbird was tired with
and forward all day so he decided to rest. He found a nice
spot on which to perch and slept the whole night
away. But Heron just kept flying steadily forward
all night long,
flapping his giant wings.
When Hummingbird woke in the morning, Heron was
far ahead. Hummingbird
had to fly as fast as he could to catch up. He flew
past the big,
awkward Heron and kept going until Heron had
vanished from sight.
But once again Hummingbird noticed some pretty
flowers nearby, he flew over
to them and tasted their nectar once more. It
really was so sweet, it even matched the beautiful
scenery that lay all about. Oh yes he noticed all
the beautiful things but he didn't catch sight of
Heron as he flew by on his huge wings.
Once more poor Hummingbird remembered the race
and he had to go very fast to catch the
Heron. Hummingbird flew round and round the
Heron, who took no notice of him at all and carried
on with his race. In fact for two more days, the
Hummingbird and the Heron raced toward
the far-distant riverbank with the dead tree that
was to be the finishing post.
Hummingbird had a marvellous time sipping
nectar and flying among the
flowers and then resting himself at
night. And the Heron steadily kept up a continual
flap-flap-flapping of his huge wings, Moving
through the air all day and all night.
the morning of the fourth day Hummingbird
woke from his sleep
refreshed and ready to go win the race. He flew
quickly toward the riverbank with
its dead tree. But oh my what a shock he had
when he rounded the last bent. There was Heron
perched on top
of the tree!
Of course had Hummingbird concentrated on
what he had to do to win the
could quiet happily have made it first but Heron
his steady but sure beat of his wings
eventually won the tree, the race and the FISH.
So from that day forward, the Heron has owned
all the fish in
the rivers and lakes, and the Hummingbird has
sipped from the nectar of
the many flowers which he enjoyed so much during
the race, continued to be friends, and each kept
there side of the bargain
flowers is friend
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