Storyvalues – The Flock of Doves
May 11, 2020
The Flock of Doves
Step 1 - Storyteller's Corner with Cheryl Thornton
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?
Step 2 - Play Story Video
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!
Step 3 - 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?
I love how smart the Dove King was. He figured out how to save the flock of doves. First, from the hunter, by flying away with the net still surrounding them, and the from the net, by asking the Queen of the mice for help.
I also love listening to really old stories that can teach us important lessons. I wonder what you think!
Step 4 - About This Story: Fact and Fiction
Like many stories, ‘The Flock of Doves’ combines reality (fact) with make believe (fiction) to teach an important lesson.
FACT: 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’.
FACT: 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.
In the story, these animals appear as characters that model leadership, cooperation and teamwork.
Play Side Show: Leadership, Cooperation and Teamwork
Play Video - 'India'
Culture - Where Is This Story From?
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.
Cities of India: Mumbai and New Delhi
Mumbai is the largest city in India, ranked seventh in the world in population. Approximately 20 million people live in Mumbai.
New Delhi is the capital city if India, with a population of approximately 260,000.
Step 5 - Matt's Music and Art 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).
The influence of Indian music extends far beyond the borders of India, informing the music of Miles Davis, The Beatles, Nitin Sawney, Ravi Shankar, Phillip Glass, and many others.
Indian culture is full of amazing art! This is an example of Kalighat art, from the region of West Bengal. The Kalighat style is known for it’s simple graphic quality, making it easy to reproduce as prints.
This graphic style of art is well suited for posters, books and magazine covers. Using this style as a reference, draw your own version of your favourite character in the ‘Flock of Doves’.