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Three Fledglings
Published: 1.29.2017
Level 2   |   Time: 2:04
Voice: Reggy (Canadian Accent)
Source: Jewish Heritage Online Magazine

A Jewish traditional story about a bird flying its three children to safety during a storm.


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triangle Directions

  1. REVIEW the vocabulary.
  2. LISTEN to the audio above.
  3. ANSWER the questions below.
  4. CHECK your answers.

triangle Vocabulary

  • fledgling: a baby bird

  • gale: a very strong wind

  • drown: die by inhaling (breathing) water

  • set out: leave

  • mightily: a lot

  • spare: save/protect

triangle Questions

  1. Where was the bird carrying its fledglings?
    Across a windy sea.
  2. How many fledglings did the bird have?
  3. Why could the bird only carry one fledgling at a time?
    The sea was wide and the wind was strong.
  4. What question did the bird ask his first child?
    Will you take care of me when I am old?
  5. What did the first child answer?
  6. What did the bird do after hearing its child answer? Why?
    It dropped its child into the sea because it thought its child was lying.
  7. What happened to the second child?
    It was also dropped into the sea.
  8. What happened to the third child?
    The bird carried it across the sea safely.
  9. What did the third child promise?
    To take care of its children.

triangle Script

A bird once set out to cross a windy sea with its three babies, called fledglings.

The sea was wide and the wind was strong, so the father bird was forced to carry his young, one by one, in his strong claws.

When he was half-way across with the first fledgling, the wind turned to a gale.

He said to his child, "Look how I am struggling and risking my life for you."

When you are grown up, will you do the same for me and take care of me in my old age?"

The fledgling replied, "If you bring me to safety, when you are old, I will do everything that you ask of me."

Hearing this, the father bird said, "You are a liar" and dropped his child into the sea and it drowned.

Then the father bird returned to shore, and set forth with his second fledgling.

He asked the same question and received the same answer.

He again cried, "You too are a liar" and dropped the second child into the sea.

Finally he set out with the third fledgling.

When he asked the same question, the third and last fledgling replied,

"My dear father it is true you are struggling mightily and risking your life for me.

I would be wrong not to repay you when you are old, but I cannot make this promise. However, I can promise this:

When I am grown up and have children of my own, I shall do as much for them as you have done for me."

Hearing this, the father bird said, "You are wise and honest my child.

I will spare your life and I will carry you to shore in safety."