This Wordbird is a manifestation of my love for crows and Hans Christian Andersen!
The text is from two of his tales, "The Tallow Candle" and "The Ugly Duckling". The "Tallow Candle" is one of his earliest stories, written when he was about 20, and was just recently discovered in 2012! I found it on a homemade, stapled, 2-page "fanzine" type publication for $1.50 at the H.C. Andersen Museum.
English translation here.
As I was writing the "Ugly Duckling" portion of this Wordbird, I stumbled upon this line in the story (somewhere around his shoulder!) "... and the raven who perched on the fence kept squawking 'Ow! Ow!'" I hadn't seen that before I decided to put a squawking raven in the piece so I thought that was a nice bit of synchronicity! Thanks H. C. !