This is the 13th part of our Pool of Paradise series for children in Ramadan.
The Ostrich spoke and said that he was fearful of the way and the distance and the fiery volcanoes. He wished to stay where he was and hide as an ostrich will do.
The Hoopoe called on the Ostrich to overcome his fear and that it was better to die in pursuit of higher things than cowardice.
“This road is not for cowards and you must become more than what you are to attain it. Think not that because you are ill suited to the journey that you cannot achieve it. Do not forget Daoud (a) and Goliath. The believers needed a champion that could defeat the giant Goliath and the sent out young Daoud (a) with his slingshot. The three pebbles found their mark and the giant was defeated. We must find our mark and not be swayed by fear or delay.”
The Ostrich thumped the ground hard with his heavy foot and then turned to follow the Hoopoe.
After reading the passage about the Ostrich have your child add the Ostrich medallion to the pool to the left of the Eagle.
Discussion questions: What do Ostrich birds do when they are afraid? Why is it not helpful to hide when you are afraid of a challenge? Why does the Hoopoe speak about the bravery of Daoud (a) to the Ostrich?
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