Sparrow and The Oak

“The Sparrow and The Oak” published in Wingless Dreamer’s Ink The Universe collection.

Sparrow called to Oak in plea,

“Let’s swap places, you and me.

Consider the opportunity,

With your strength and vitality 

An eagle I would be,

And you, with my agility,

Could as the beautiful willow sway.

Let’s change places for just one day!”

Replied Oak to Sparrow,

“I, catch the beauty of the willow?

You, the path of an eagle follow?

This far-fetched fancy rings too hollow.

Instead of glory we might wallow

In quirky traits we’ll have to swallow.

What if, instead, my wide roots you earn

And I, your feathers receive in turn?”

“Please, let’s try,”

Said Sparrow, “How I’d fly! 

“It’s natural to reach for the sky.

Come now, let’s agree, you and I.” 

“Hmm,” Oak answered, with a sigh,

“Neither you an eagle nor a willow I.

Though the willow’s plumed joy I would love to taste,

Fanned branches beckoning lovers’ embrace.

All right, fine Sparrow, let’s try our chances.”

They swapped places, exchanged furtive glances.

Oak’s trunk shriveled, his leaves thinned and fine—

To his chagrin, he became a pine.

And Sparrow’s feet, with similar luck,

Grew wide and webbed as those of a duck!

Recent Reviews

Impressively original, exceptionally charming, fully entertaining, and with an important message about the importance of the acceptance of difference for children ages 5-8, "Who Wants to be Friends With a Dragon?" is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to family, elementary school, and community library collections for young readers.

Midwest Book Review

This book is an awesome, welcome addition to my little children’s library. Should be picked up by therapists, teachers, parents and grandparents if they want their children to learn to accept and socialize with other children different from them. Couldn’t ask for a better book to share with my little friends.

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The story follows a timid dragon that wishes to leave his current world and make new acquaintances. The book can be used to teach children about not being judgmental of others and how a single act of kindness can go a long way toward building great relationships.

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