Everyone knows that swallows are leaving in the winter for warm climates and do not return until spring.
To make this long journey, the swallows mothers gather their young around them. But a poor little swallow fall from the nest one windy day, limped a little and could not fly away with her siblings.
They put the little swallow in a cage, next to the stove; they nourished it with flies and worms, so that the swallow was very healthy and not limping at all to the return of spring.
(Translated and adapted from ABC – Petits Contes, by Jules Lemaître)