Bilari Billi and the Big Black Crow

Words by Rohini Chowdhury, pictures by Vipasha Bansal

A big black crow sat high up in the branches of the peepul tree.

It was a hot, bright morning. Radha had put out a little bowl of milk for Billi, the small grey kitten who lived among the tangled roots of the peepul tree that grew outside her window.

Billi was lapping up the milk quickly and quietly. She was very hungry.

A big black crow sat high up in the branches of the peepul tree. He was watching the little kitten. He was hungry too. ‘Kaa! Kaa!’ said the crow loudly. With a flap and a rush of his big black wings, the crow flew down next to Billi.

‘Miaow!’ said Billi, who didn’t like crows at all.

 'Shoo! Crow! Go away!' cried Radha running out.

‘Kaa! Kaa!’ yelled the crow, rushing at Billi with his black wings flapping, his sharp beak pecking, his large claws scratching.

‘Miaow!’ cried Billi, running away to hide behind the peepul tree.

‘Shoo! Crow! Go away!’ cried Radha running out.

‘Kaa! Kaa!’ shouted the crow, flapping his big black wings.

‘Mummy!’ cried Radha, running back inside the house.

‘It’s only a crow, Radha,’ said Mummy. ‘He’s probably hungry too! Let’s give him something to eat!’

 The birds pecked away at the bread that Radha and her mother threw on the grass for them.

Mummy took some bread from the kitchen. She broke off bits of the bread and threw it on to the grass. The crow hopped over and pecked at the bread. Soon he had gobbled up all the bits.

‘Can I feed him too?’ asked Radha. She threw bits of bread for the crow, who pecked and hopped and pecked at the bread.

The sparrows came down from the peepul tree. They chattered and chattered and pecked at the bread. The fat grey pigeons flapped down from the roof. They pecked and pecked and pecked at the bread.

 The crow flew off, back to his perch on the peepul tree.Bilari came out from behind the tree and finished off her milk.

‘Kaa!’ said the crow, his tummy full, and off he flew, back to his perch on the peepul tree.

‘You’re welcome, Crow!’ said Radha.

‘Chirt, Chir, Chitter!’ chirped the sparrows, and off they flew in a rustle and a hurry.

‘You’re welcome, Sparrows!’ said Radha.

‘Gutergoo!’ cooed the pigeons and off they flapped in a flurry of blue-grey wings.

‘You’re welcome, Pigeons!’ said Radha.

Billi came out from behind the peepul tree. She finished off her milk. ‘Miaow!’ said Billi, and sat down to wash her face.

‘You’re welcome, Billi!’ said Radha, and ran off to eat some breakfast.

‘Miaow!’ said Radha, finishing off HER bowl of cornflakes and milk.

‘You’re welcome, Radha!’ said Mummy, laughing.

 

 

 

 

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Illustrations copyright © Vipasha Bansal 2007
Text Copyright © Rohini Chowdhury 2007