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Storyvalues – The Flock of Doves

May 11, 2020

The Flock of Doves


Cheryl Thornton - Storyteller

The Flock of Doves. This is a Panchatantra tale from India. The Panchatantra is a collection of wisdom stories written over 2000 years ago.

In the story, a flock of doves is captured in a hunter’s net. The doves are frightened and believe that all is lost, but their wise king inspires them to cooperate, to work together as a team in order to escape. We can learn a lot about the importance of teamwork and cooperation from this wisdom tale.

As you listen to the story, try to imagine you are the characters in the story. What do you see? What do you feel? What do you think?


Find a nice quiet place to listen to this story. Pay extra attention to how the music and sound effects work with the words to help you picture what is happening!

I Wonder What YOU Think?

I wonder what you thought of the story! Were you able to imagine being the characters in the story? What do you think the flock of doves felt when they were caught in the hunters net? Scared? Worried?

What do you think the flock of doves felt about their wise and helpful king? Grateful? Cared for? Safe?

Play the sound file below for some more ideas about this story!


Some main features of this story are the Dove King, The Flock and Queen Mouse.

Doves are common birds that are found in virtually all regions of the world. Large varieties are often called Pigeons and are regularly found in cities. The white dove is recognized by many as a symbol for peace.


Doves typically live and travel as a group, called a ‘flock’.

In the story, ‘The Flock of Doves’, Queen Mouse helped the Dove King save his flock from the hunter. In real life, a mouse is a small animal of the rodent variety. They exist in all parts of the world, both in the wild and as pets.


Where is India?

India is a country located in the region of South Asia. It is the second most populous country in the world, home to over 1.3 billion people. 

It is estimated that people first arrived in the region of South Asia from Africa about 55,000 years ago. 

India is home to one of the oldest religions in the world – Hinduism – which formed approximately 4000 years ago. 

India is a dynamic place that encompasses an incredibly wide variety of landscapes, from the tallest mountains in the world, The Himalayas, to the vast wetlands of The Sunderbands.

Ancient Art

Indian culture is full of amazing art! In this image from the year 1720, we see Krishnaone of the sacred personalities of Hinduism – playing his flute in the forest. 

Matt's Music Corner

This recording of ʻThe Flock of Doves’  features music played on instruments that are traditionally used in India, such as the Sitar (plucked 23-string instrument), Tabla (hand drums), Santoor (hammered dulcimer), Shenhai (horn) and Bansuri (flute).

Indian music has had a profound influence on western culture, through the music of Miles Davis, The Beatles, Nitin Sawney, Ravi Shankar, Phillip Glass, and many others.


There are so many different kinds of birds in the world!

Next time you are outside, be sure to take a look around to notice birds. You may be surprised at how many birds there are! 

Birds of every colour and size, birds in the sky, in the trees and on the ground. What kind of birds do you see? What bird songs do you hear?

I wrote this song in celebration of our feathered friends. The song is called, ‘Birds’, and I hope you enjoy it!


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