Storytime

Why do we confine our pet birds to cages? We cannot afford to lose them. Do we? Giving them all the food they want but denying them the freedom to fly and live the life they want is a rejection of their necessities. The merchant in this story likewise keeps her birds in chains or cages. Her favorite bird was a brilliant parrot she had purchased from India and had learned to communicate with. When she intended to travel to India to sell things, she asked her servants and her beloved parrot what she should bring them after her voyage. The servants are all asked for different things, and the parrot is asked to say hello to his parrot friends in India and tell them how much he misses them, as well as to ask Mah Jahan if the parrot friends have any advice for him. However, as she went to the jungle to greet the parrot pals, one of the parrots fell from the tree. The merchant decided not to inform her parrot at home because it would make him further depressed. However, when she returned home, the parrot enquired about this, and she was forced to inform him about the loss of one of his parrot buddies. After hearing this, the parrot became still and fell to the floor. Mah Jahan believed that the news made him unhappy and caused him to die. When Mah Jahan held him in her arms, the parrot flapped his wings and soared up into the sky, where he rested on a tree, thanking the merchant for delivering freedom from India. Finally, she discovered that the parrot in the jungle was not dead, but rather offered freedom counsel and she realized that she was glad for the parrot’s independence. At the end of the story, the kids also chose to stop keeping their birds in cages and instead let them fly free. We all created bright green parrots for the story-themed craft session and decided to set them free.

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