Emma’s Tales Retold – George the Hummingbird
In a tropical rainforest by the shores of Chile, there lived two hummingbirds. One was named George and the other was named Frank. They both lived next door to each other in the rainforest and looked a lot alike. They both had pink, green, and blue feathers which were great camouflage. They were great friends.
Now George and Frank were hummingbirds so they were supposed to be able to fly backward. But George never could fly backward. Finally, one day, he was determined to learn how to fly that way. He flew over to Frank’s house, the next tree over, and knocked on the door with his long beak.
“I need your help,” he said. “I want to finally learn how to fly backward.”
“That will be easy,” said Frank. “I’ll show you.”
They found a big enough space to fly long distances and Frank demonstrated. He flew to a giant palm tree and back quite easily, flying backward. After several attempts, George wasn’t getting any better. The first three times, he fell; and, the fourth time, working his wings the wrong way, he flew into a tree and got his head stuck. Frank had to pull him out.
Then Frank had a solution. He grabbed a battery-powered fan and some rope. He tied the fan onto George’s stomach and turned it on. George was off! Sometimes he would fly so fast, he would run into a tree. A Toucan, living nearby, was so unhappy about this that he squawked angrily and chased them to another tree.
Eventually, George mastered flying backward with the fan, so Frank decided to try him once without it. George tried again and again, but it was always better with the fan. Frank helped him put it back on. George used the fan for flying backward from then on. That was just his way of doing it.
(By Emma Foster a Kids Writer. She is 13.)[Now 18]
One who is righteous is a guide to his neighbor…. (Proverbs 12:26 ESV)
Everyone helps his neighbor and says to his brother, “Be strong!” (Isaiah 41:6 ESV)
*** As I am bringing back the Kids articles, thought you might enjoy re-reading these tales.
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