The Bird of Paradise Who Came To Stay In Jack’s Beanstalk

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One Summer, a bird of paradise came to stay in Jack’s beanstalk. He only was flying overhead and decided to stop off, looking for a bed. He really wasn’t that well fed. So when he saw the juicy fruit, he landed on the top branch – with a very loud “Hoot – de – hoot !” (none of the other insects understood his foreign tongue, but the coot !). The bird of paradise flapped his wings … and soon was flying over Saturn’s rings. By now, his wing was really going with a swing. None of the squirrels minded his fling … though some of them thought he’d dropped something ! The bird of paradise sat out in the Sun … he polished his feathers and soon was rather well done. He had a better suntan than anyone ! As he preened his feathers, he almost lost one or two, a few of them even hit the ground as he flew ! … Later that Winter, when the blue tit and the wren went out, then had to watch out for a bird of paradise feather clout ! The bits and bobs that they found on the ground, were more colourful than anything else around. The bird of paradise used to be in the leaves of a palm and coconut tree – picking fruits in every colour of the rainbow, naturally ! So the odd acorn and chestnut really didn’t do – the bird of paradise did pick one or two, but found that they were difficult to chew ! And he didn’t much like the colour of the hue. When you’ve been flying over the sea, in a golden horizon, glistening free, then mouldly, old, green leaves in Jack’s beanstalk tree does kind of pale into insignificance (with only maples and gooseberries for tea).

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The Hurly, Burly Birdy Game

Bur or bir ? which is the correct one to use ?

___ th

 

___ n

 

___ rough

 

___ thright

 

___ n

 

___ row

 

___ st

 

___ y

 

___ lesque

 

___ ly

 

___ glar

 

___ geon

 

___ eaucratic

 

___ den

 

___ d

 

___ ble

 

___ ial

 

___ densome

 

___ eau

 

___ eaucrat

 

___ nished

© Jacqueline Richards 2007

Answers :

birthburn

burrough

birthright

burn

burrow

burst

bury

burlesque

burly

burglar

burgeon

bureaucratic

burden

bird

burble

burial

burdensome

bureau

bureaucrat

burnished

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