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Birds

Dad says there’s a pie tree growing in the yard, but that’s a little hard to believe. Every day birds come to the tree, which changes with the seasons, but no pies are growing yet!

Rose and her brothers mock the crazy old Birdman, who sits in his wheelchair surrounded by ugly gray pigeons. The birdman thinks his pigeons are beautiful, but the only things Rose thinks are beautiful are gardens full of red and yellow and blue flowers. The Birdman fills Rose’s hand with seeds and tells her they are magic if she plants them outside her window they will grow a garden. Her brothers don’t believe, but Rose sets the seeds out and waits. Soon, just as the Birdman promised, a garden appears before her eyes a musical flurry of blue and red […]

Oh no!  The chickens have all started acting like the ladies who raise them. Luckily the ladies have devised a plan…

On a bright early Spring morning Walela and his mother woke up very hungry. Etsi told Walela that she would go to breakfast and for Walela to wait and she would be back soon. The other birds try to teach Walela how to get food but eventually he learns the right way to hunt for food. 
Written in Cherokee syllabary with English translation in the back of the book.