The Story of Daedalus and Icarus (Wings)

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The Story of Daedalus and Icarus

The ancient Greeks told a story about Daedalus who was a very clever inventor. When he and his son Icarus were imprisoned on an island, Daedalus invented a way to escape. With feathers, thread, and wax, he made two pairs of wings. Then he and Icarus flew away.

Icarus, excited to be flying, began ________ down toward the sea, _______ around his father, and zooming up toward the sun.

“Icarus,” Daedalus warned, “don’t fly too high or the sun will melt the wax on your wings. And don’t fly too low or the sea will dampen the feathers.”

But Icarus paid no ________. He kept soaring higher and higher and _______ closer and closer to the hot, ______ sun.

“Icarus!” Daedalus shouted. “come back right now!”

“I never get to have any fun,” Icarus _________. With a _______, he made another high arc.

Suddenly his wings wobbled. Icarus ________ to stay in flight, but it was too late. The heat from the sun had melted the wax that held his wings together. Icarus fell into the sea and drowned.


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