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Authors: Matteo Pericoli

The True Story of Stellina

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The author would like to thank

Beverly Horowitz, Melissa Nelson, and Joan Slattery

for their enthusiasm.

THIS IS A BORZOI BOOK PUBLISHED BY ALFRED A. KNOPF

Copyright © 2006 by Matteo Pericoli

All rights reserved under International and Pan-American Copyright Conventions.

Published in the United States of America by Alfred A. Knopf, an imprint of Random

House Children’s Books, a division of Random House LLC, New York, and in Canada by

Random House of Canada Limited, Toronto, Penguin Random House Companies.

Distributed by Random House LLC, New York.

KNOPF, BORZOI BOOKS, and the colophon are registered trademarks of Random House LLC.

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Library of Congress Cataloging-in-Publication Data

Pericoli, Matteo.

The true story of Stellina / Matteo Pericoli.

p. cm.

Trade paperback ISBN 978-0-375-83273-4 — eBook ISBN 978-0-307-98320-6

1. Wild birds as pets—New York (State)—New York—Biography—Juvenile literature.

2. Pericoli, Matteo—Homes and haunts—New York (State)—New York—Juvenile literature.

3. Pericoli, Holly—Homes and haunts—New York (State)—New York—Juvenile literature.

I. Title.

SF462.5.P47 2006

636.6′862—dc22

2004061503

v3.1

This is the true story of Stellina.

Stellina was a bird:

“CHEEP.”

A very little bird:


CHEEP!

Holly, my wife,

once saw a very little bird

on the corner of

46th and Third.

In Manhattan.

Cars were rushing by,

ROOOOOAAAAARRRR!

Cars are loud in the city.

But “CHEEP,” Holly heard.

Holly, my wife, has very good ears.

Could you also have heard

“CHEEP”

on the corner of

46th and Third,

in the middle of the day,

while cars were rushing by?

ROOOOOAAAAARRRR!

That’s not easy to hear.

But, as I was saying,

“CHEEP,” she heard all of a sudden.

A bird, a very little bird,

had fallen from her nest.

Her nest must have been

(and this is what we think)

inside a traffic-light post.

High, high above

the corner of

46th and Third.

Holly, my wife,

waited and waited.

And waited and waited.

She hoped, she told me,

that the very little bird’s mother,

“CHEEP,”

would soon return

to take her home,

back to her nest.

But her mother didn’t return.

Who knows why she didn’t,

or where she went.

So Stellina,

“CHEEP,”

stood out there for a while,

not knowing what to do,

not knowing what to say

(except, of course:

“CHEEP”),

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