Short Story About Obedience for Kids

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Instructor: Shoshana Yarin

Shoshana has taught all grades with an emphasis in science and has a master's degree in science.

Did you ever wonder why obedience is important or why grown-ups are in charge? Can people lessons apply to birds? In this story, you'll meet an odd little bird who learns a real lesson in obedience.

Birds in a Nest

Nestled in a tree's branches was a little bird's nest. Nestled, after all, is related to the word 'nest,' meaning it's tucked away like a mother might snuggle a baby. To whom did this nest belong? It belonged to a family of little sparrows. Perhaps you're familiar with sparrows as they are a rather common bird.

This little nest held five eggs. Wait—I mean six eggs. One of them was rather large and didn't appear the same as the others. It was, in fact, another bird's egg; a brown-headed cowbird egg. Cowbirds are invasive, meaning they come and invade or occupy space that is not their own. Did the mother and father sparrow notice? If they did, they didn't show it because they kept that egg as one of their own.

Learning Lessons

Soon all six eggs hatched and there were six little hungry mouths to feed. The birds grew, their soft down turned into feathers, and then one day they were ready to fly. Mom and Dad Sparrow taught the first and most important lesson of obedience. 'When you are obedient, you listen and follow instructions and do what you are told,' they said. They said being obedient was the most important thing to learn before anything else.

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