Birds have been used to help human beings in surprising ways. From falconry and duck farming to mankind's attempts to fly, these feathered friends have been motivating -- and adorning - men throughout history. Read about the myths and beliefs different cultures have about birds, and how the "wise old owl" came to earn its name. Make a dove out of Italian sweet dough with easy instructions, or fold a spectacular firebird out of paper. It's a highflying issue that' sure to take wing with young readers.