Once upon a time there was a girl who collected acorns and left them in a basket on the porch.
The birds came to eat the acorns while the girl sat and watched. Soon she found she could understand the birds’ whistles and songs; and so she watched and listened until the birds came to love her and visited for herself, and not just the acorns. Eventually the birds loved her so much that they each gave her a feather from their own wings until she had enough for wings of her own.
Then, the little acorn girl put on the wings, spread her arms, and flew.