Friday, 4 November 2016

A Bird In The Hand

A robin in a tree at an historical site in England

This week the Unit Study Roundup theme is birds.  I decided to look into the proverb 'a bird in the hand is worth two in the bush'.    What does it mean? According to it means this:


It's better to have a lesser but certain advantage than the possibility of a greater one that may come to nothing.
 This ties in nicely with the idea of Thanksgiving and being thankful for what you have.  Where does this proverb come from?

This proverb refers back to mediaeval falconry where a bird in the hand (the falcon) was a valuable asset and certainly worth more than two in the bush (the prey).

In the the Czech language, it is  'Lepsi vrabec v hrsti nez holub na strese'  which translates to 'A sparrow in the fist is better than a pigeon on the roof. '  I quite like that one!

The German equivalent is the same: " Besser den Spatz in der Hand als die Taube auf dem Dach."

In French they say, "Un tiens vaut mieux que deux que tu l'auras." and this literally translates to: one that you hold is better than two that you will have.

In Spanish they say: Más vale pájaro en mano que ciento volando -  which literally translates to A bird in hand is worth more than 100 flying.

The Dutch saying is: Een vogel in de hand dan tien in de bush

What is your favourite bird?  I used to have a pet budgerigar (a budgie) and she was so tame.  She did not speak though because only the males speak.  I was so disappointed when I found that out.  I learned this AFTER I had her home.  We loved her so much.  She had free run of our apartment until we got a cat.  Then, she had to stay in the bathroom with the door closed for her own safety.  I only put her in her cage at night during the day she could go where she wanted.

A bird is a nice easy pet to look after.  I put newspaper in the bottom of her cage and had to change that weekly (as well as disinfect the cage bottom).  I fed her bird seed and made sure she had fresh water in the cage.  I also hand fed her lettuce leaves and other carrot shavings/peelings.  I would clean and peel the carrot and then use the carrot peeler to peel some more carrot off and I gave her those to eat.

This is an interesting proverb or pearl of wisdom.  Next week the theme will be mountains, and I will explore some other proverbs and what they mean. There might even be a craft for you to make with your child.

Take a look at the other links from the other bloggers in the Unit Study Roundup.

Bird Letter Matching Printable Pack from Playdough and Popsicles

Owl Books for Kids from Look! We're Learning!

Birds of Prey Books from Brain Power Boy

Children's Picture Books about Birds from The Jenny Evolution

Bird Identification Apps from iGameMom

Bird Unit Printable from CraftCreateCalm

Birds Nest Loose Parts Invitation from My Storytime Corner

Red Bird Multiplication Worksheet from Schooling a Monkey

A Bird in the Hand from Tales of Education at Home

Perfect Gifts for Young Bird Lovers from FrogMom