Teaching a Young Lark

How its Mother Coaches it to Hop About and Fly.

J. M. Barrie, the noted Scottish story writer, tells in Scribner's Magazine how a young lark got its first lesson.

A baby lark had got out of its nest sideways, a fall of a foot only, but a dreadful drop for a baby.

"You can get back this way," its mother said, and showed it the way. But when the baby tried to leap it fell on its back. Then the mother marked out lines on the ground on which it was to practise hopping, and it got along beautifully so long as the mother was there every moment to say, "How wonderfully you hop!"

Enjoy 1 free Sentinel article or audio program each month, including content from 1898 to today.

The Gift of God
March 21, 1901

We'd love to hear from you!

Easily submit your testimonies, articles, and poems online.