Our very own Miss Helene reads a favorite children’s book written by Lois Ehlert: “Feathers for Lunch.” The daycare students love going on the backyard adventure together as Miss Helene reads about the escaped housecat who tries to catch and eat twelve different birds. The book is very colorful and includes pictures of beautiful birds.

While the sneaky cat uses unique hiding places to try to fool his prey, the children laugh together each time the birds outsmart him! Usually in nature, birds of a feather flock together as a defense mechanism.  It is harder for predators to carry out attacks on a group of birds versus an individual one wandering on its own.

The metaphor “birds of a feather flock together” has been around in the English language since the mid-1500s. It can be found in a satirical writing by William Turner entitled: “The Rescuing of Romish Fox.”  Later, birds flocking behavior started to be applied metaphorically to describe the tendency of people who have similar ideas, interests, or characteristics wanting to associate with one another.

The preschool children at Apple Hill Academy tend to associate reading time with laughter and learning! They love flocking together to Miss Helene as she turns the pages and reads the next exciting episode about the cat and the birds.