With a dizzying swoop, the bird flew all the way to the top of the tree and landed on the highest branch.
Coco climbed off. Now he could reach up and fetch a star! But when he looked up, the stars were still far above.
“The owl was right,” he said sadly.
And then the bird burst into the most beautiful song Coco had ever heard.
“I didn’t know a little gray bird could sing like that,” Coco said.
“I’m a mockingbird,” she said, “and we learn the songs of other birds. A long time ago, I heard a nightingale. That was his song.”
“I am only a mouse,” said Coco. “But you heard a nightingale, and I heard you.” He stretched out his paws and, with a nightingale’s long‑ago song, he sang to the stars.