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The Girl Who Knew Bird Language

In a certain kingdom, in a certain land, in a little village, there lived a girl who could speak with the birds. No one knew this about her, because she could speak only with the birds, not with the baker or the woodcutter's wife, not with the farmer or the seamstress, who gave her bread but nothing else. For the girl had been orphaned at a young age, before she had learned fully how to be human. The villagers let her scrub their floors, pluck their weeds, in exchange for survival. But it was the birds of the hedges under which she slept who cared for her soul.

From the birds, she learned about the great kingdoms of trees, towering heavenward, richly populated by a thousand species. From the birds, she learned about the paths through the winds. She learned a map of wing and sunlight, a treasure of seeds. And also, in theory, of family and duty and the pride of nesting - things the birds could teach her but only people could give her and would not. 
Every morning she sang the worl…
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