Entry 126: Proud
There are times at work when I get the chance to go on auto-pilot and I begin to daydream. Yesterday I conjured an idea for a short story, which later evolved into a possible children's book. Similar to the style of Eric Carle, the story reflects on perspectives from unique animals with their own set of skills/qualities.
The outline follows the Proud Sparrow, whom lacks any special trait that makes it stand out from the other birds. Each set of pages follows the sparrow and its encounter with a unique bird, such as a hawk or kingfisher, and each of these birds question the sparrow about its unwarranted proudness. An example from a bird would appear like this:
Mockingbird: Little Sparrow, why are you so Proud? I can sing any song I hear, more than you can count. Just name any bird and I can sing their song perfectly. Can you sing more than One song, Little Sparrow? Why are you so Proud?
As each bird pronounces their own specialty, the sparrow moves on while wondering what makes itself just as special as the others. Upon reflection, the sparrow is still proud of being itself, and this sense of pride is seen by everyone, which makes the little sparrow unique in its own way.