Only a pigeon
Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers, May 1, 1997 - Juvenile Fiction - 40 pages
Ondu-ahlem carefully trains his pigeons and prepares them for the day when he and other Ethiopian boys test the homing instinct and loyalty of their precious birds.
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Addis Ababa afternoon already Andualem awake Baby beautiful bird's blanket boy's bird boys begin breath breeding brother brown cage carefully chest Chinkay church clap coins color coop counting darkness eggs Ethiopian boy excitement familiar farther favorite fear feathers feeds feel fire flying GAHBI gently gone grain gray Grees grunt hand hatch hawk head holds homing instinct HOO-LET hurries I-ZO inside intruder jacket kernels of corn killed kisses kwaa landmarks laugh light loud lure Mamoosh MARKATO Mates miles Minale mongoose morning nest never night Ondu-ahlem whispers open the door past Pigeons begin piled pull puts reaches REMEDI roasted rocks roof says scientists SELAH shele mit-mot shine shout sleep sleepily small houses smiles soft sohst sometimes spends stay stories strike stroke strut taught tomorrow trade walk warm warmth watches Wild wings wire mesh wrapped younger boy