Once upon a time, there was a penguin. Her name was Rachel. She wished she could fly, but unfortunately, she couldn't. That's just the way she was made. All of her friends wished THEY could fly too.
One day, Rachel was walking along the ice and swimming in the freezing water. Suddenly, she saw something sparkling. Something was on an iceburg, and it definitely wasn't fish. Rachel walked over to the iceburg. It was a stick-like shape. It had a star on the top that was yellow, and the stick was pink. It was a magic wand! She couldn't wait to show her friends!
"Guys! Guys! Look what I found!"
Everyone oohed and ahhed. The magic wand was beautiful.
"How do you use it?" one penguin asked.
Rachel turned the magic wand in her hand. "Gee. I don't know."
"Let's try to figure it out!" said another penguin.
So everyone walked over to a spot on the ice and sat down. Everyone passed the wand around, confused. No one could figure out what to do.
"Hello! Anyone in there?" yelled a penguin. Nothing happened, so she passed it to the next penguin.
"Hmm," said the penguin, scratching her head. "I bet we have to talk to it nicely!"
"I don't think that will work," said the penguin next to Rachel.
Rachel shrugged. "It's worth a shot."
So the penguin with the magic wand tried it.
"Umm. Mr. wand? Can you please help us fly?" The magic wand just laid there in the penguin's hand.
"Maybe it's a Mrs.," said Rachel.
"I'll try. Mrs. Wand? Can you PLEASE help us fly?" Nothing happened.
Just then, a big hawk came swooping down and grabbed the magic wand!
"Hey! Stop!" said Rachel. She ran after the hawk and flapped her wings. Suddenly, she started to fly!
"Oh my gosh! The wand works!" Rachel stared dumbfounded at her wings that now helped her to fly.
Then, everyone else flapped their wings and they too could fly.
"Wow! This is great!" yelled one penguin, over the wind.
"I know!" said Rachel.
"Hey!" yelled another penguin. "The hawk is getting away!"
Everyone kept on flapping. The Hawk flew higher and higher into the air.
"I . . . can't . . . go on . . . much further," Rachel said. She started to float to the ground. "I wish we could have gotten that magic wand back." said Rachel.
Everyone fell silent. Just then, Rachel heard an almost twinkling sound in the air. It started to rain little golden sparkles.
"Look!" said one of Rachel's friends. "The wand! It's back!"
Everyone rushed over to that particular iceburg.
"It IS back!" said Rachel. She cautiously walked over to the wand. There on the magic wand was a note. It said:
I know you REALLY wanted to fly. Well now you got your wish. I hope you learned a lesson today. Don't let your curiosity get the better of you. That hawk could have really hurt you! And also, always be polite.
Rachel just stared at the note for a minute. "Anonymous. I wonder who that is."
One penguin with a bow in her hair shrugged. "I guess we'll never know." she said.
From that day on, Rachel never let her curiosity lead her into danger.
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