FC: Stephen: The Bird Who Couldn't Fly By Sam Buck
1: This book I dedicate to my brothers, Christopher and William.
3: It was a bright sunny morning, and all the birds in Springfield Park were flying off to school. All except one. This little bird's name was Stephen.
4: Stephen wanted to fly, and he had tried to fly, but he just couldn’t. No matter how hard he flapped his wings, he never got off the ground. Stephen did not know why he couldn’t fly. He was very sad. | But Stephen loved school, and today his teacher had promised to take the class outside for flying lessons! And so Stephen ran to the schoolhouse as fast as his little legs could carry him.
5: Stephen was a great student. He knew the whole alphabet A to Z! He could even count to 10! The day went quickly, and before he knew it his teacher said, “Close your books, my little chicks. It’s time for a flying lesson! The teacher took Stephen and the other students outside.
6: Each classmate practiced their takeoff. First they ran as fast as they could across the grass. Then they flapped their wings, and jumped – and whoosh! There they went—into the air!
7: When it was Stephen’s turn, he started to run. He flapped his wings. And then he fell on his beak. The whole class started laughing at him. Some of them called him names. He heard someone say, “who ever heard of a bird who couldn’t fly?”
8: Stephen started to cry and walked away from the class. He sat down near a park bench. “Why can’t I fly?” asked Stephen to no one in particular.
9: A few minutes later Stephen noticed a little boy lying on the ground with his head perched on his hands, watching him. The boy stared at Stephen for a long time. Finally, the boy ran away.
10: A few minutes later the little boy came back. But he was not alone. He brought a tall man with him. The man had a book in his hand. The little boy asked “Do you know what type of bird that is?” “Let’s look in my book” the man replied as he kneeled down.
11: Stephen was too sad to move. The man studied his book. Finally the man stopped at a page and looked at the book and then he looked at Stephen. Then he looked back at the book. Again and again he looked from Stephen to the book and then back to Stephen. Finally his eyes grew wide and he whispered to the boy. Then the man and the boy ran off, leaving the book on the ground.
12: Stephen was curious. He walked over to the book and looked at the page. On the page was a picture that looked just like him! Stephen, being a good student started reading. On the page were the words “Stephens Island Wren” and the word “extinct”. “What does extinct mean?” wondered Stephen.
13: Stephen decided to go back to his school and started walking. When he got back, his class had just finished flying. He then heard a familiar voice. Stephen turned around and saw the tall man and the little boy. But they weren’t alone. Stephen saw many other people with cameras.
14: Stephen and all his friends were very surprised. “Wow, did you hear him?” asked one of Stephen’s friends. “That means that there is no bird in the whole entire world just like Stephen!”
15: “What should we do with him?” asked a photographer. “I think we should let him stay here, in his home” one woman said. “Yes, he should definitely stay here” exclaimed the tall man and the boy at once. And as the many people dispersed, Stephen’s friends and classmates never called him a name again and treated him with special respect. After all, there was no bird in the entire world like Stephen!
16: The Steven's Island Wren Bird was known as the smallest flightless bird of all time. The last one died on 1972.
17: Sam Buck was a 7th grade student at Lower Macungie Middle School in 2011. He has two younger brothers and lives in Emmaus Pennsylvania.