Listen to “A White Heron” audio
“A White Heron,” an 1886 short story by American author Sarah Orne Jewett, features Sylvia, a young girl who comes from a big city to live in the country with her grandmother.
As she searches for their cow one evening, Sylvia encounters a young ornithologist hunting for a rare bird. The encounter raises a dilemma that challenges Sylvia’s loyalty to the natural world she loves.
If you would like to read along as you listen, we also host the full text of “The White Heron.”