In which we celebrate Saturday Stories : the Hummingbird's Story

This is the "signature story" for the storytelling radio show hosted by Jim and me and another friend. We always finish the program by telling some version of this story, which we originally learned from local storyteller Dr. Margaret Read MacDonald . --A

Elephant and Hummingbird

Early one morning, an elephant was walking through the jungle when he saw a hummingbird ahead on the path. The hummingbird was lying flat on her back in the middle of the path, with her feet sticking straight up in the air.

"Hummingbird, Hummingbird," cried Elephant, "are you okay? Are you sick, are you injured?"

Hummingbird looked up at the elephant. "Hello, Elephant," she said. "I'm okay, I'm not sick or anything. I just heard that the sky might fall later today, and so I'm ready to hold it up."

The elephant couldn't help laughing. "Oh, Hummingbird," said Elephant, "you are so tiny and little. You can't possibly hold up the sky with those teeny little legs!"

Hummingbird answered, "Well, of course I can't hold up the sky all by myself. But I'm ready--I'm ready! I'm ready to do my part!"


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