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Eddy Eagle learns to fly
by Ruby Bell
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Eddy learns to fly!
The Eagles started school so late they had to go to Summer School. They
need to learn to fly before cold weather.
At school Eddy noticed a very strange looking slide, it looked like it had
been pulled apart, the ladder was on one side, a big sand pile in the middle
then the slide was by its self. Eddy climbed up the ladder to look the strange
thing over. After a while he began to wonder how he was going to get down.
It was hard enough to climb up, he didn't think he could climb back down.
He was stuck.

The Goose saw him and laughed, ha, ha, ha you are stuck. You have to fly
to get down and you will crash in the sand pile. You won't catch me
climbing up there , I am too smart for that. Ha, ha, you might as well jump so
I can see you crash.
Eddy remembered watching father eagle fly. He remembered he jumped
as high as he could on take off. As he thought about flying like father eagle
he got excited and jumped as high as he could, a puff of wind caught his
wings as he spread them and he was in the air. He flapped his wings a couple
of times, he was flying! When he tried to look back to see the other birds, it
made him turn so he circled back to the slide, folded his wings and landed.
Eddy stood on the top of the slide and stretched as tall as he could looking at
the other birds as they looked up at in wonder. "Wow, how did you do that?"
"Don't tell and I'll teach you" Eddy said. Then he slid down just as the bell
Eddy had not been told yet he would have to learn to fly before he could
graduate from school. He was afraid he would get in trouble for climbing the
Inside the classroom Eddy got in trouble again for looking out the window.
He was wondering if father eagle saw him fly, and was hoping to see him
flying by the school.
Teacher was grumpier than usual and to punish Eddy for looking out she
taped paper over the window. Eddy just sat pretending to listen. Then
something Teacher said caught his attention. Something about someone
going a long way off to the moon. Eddy began to listen, he thought 'I would
like to be a long way off, I don't like this mean old teacher.' He heard the
teacher say "the moon shines at night, when it is dark just look up, you will
see it if the clouds are not in the way".
Eddy had seen a bright light at night over on the hill past his cage, he
decided it must be the moon. Teacher said "it takes a long time to get to the
moon." Eddy thought ' I bet I can fly there really fast'.
As Eddy sat dreaming about going to the moon, the afternoon soon passed.
By the time the bell rang Eddy had made his mind up to fly to the moon as
soon as possible. He would practice his flying while he taught the other
birds to fly, then he was off. He knew he could find his way.
The next day Eddy climbed the slide and squawked for all the others to
gather around so he could teach them to fly. "You jump as high as you can
then spread your wings. He jumped and nothing happened. The wind wasn't
blowing, again he jumped and flapped his wings, but he forgot to keep his
wings out because was watching to see how impressed Goose was. Crash! he
hit the sand pile. That made him so-o mad he stomped to the ladder and
climbed back up. He could hear everyone laughing, this time he didn't look
down. He jumped, flapped and flew off. He was going to keep going, but he
heard Ella and Chicken Little calling to him , so he circled back. The other
birds were still laughing and making fun of Ella for calling to him. That
made Eddy even madder, he landed with a scream and took after them
pecking them with his powerful beak. They ran screeching to teacher and
Eddy knew he was in trouble again. He turned to Ella and Chicken Little,
"don't be babies, I'll be back" he said. As the teacher came out the door with
the ruler to swat him, Eddy gave a big jump and flew away, as teacher stood
there with her mouth open. Then she laughed and waved at him, "way to go
Eddy," she yelled. Later she called Ranger and told him about Eddy's flight.
She thought perhaps he would need to look for Eddy in case he got lost.
Eddy made it back to the cage later that evening. He was very tired but was
still planning a trip to the moon, as soon as he was rested. He found it was
very tiring to fly and boy was he hungry.
Eddy found out Teacher wasn't really mean, but only wanted them to
learn. He had learned you learn a lot by watching others, just as watching his
father fly had helped him fly.
Will Eddy go to the moon the next time?

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