I want a healthy brother. I feel embarrassed at having such a brother .
I am ashamed of my crippled brother. Doodle will become my pride, since i have already taught him to walk.
The setting is in a southern US state, where the narrator and his new baby brother, doodle, lives.
Doodle was born with disabilities and health problems. The narrator is unable to accept his brother's problems.
The narrator's pride convinces him to teach Doodle how to be normal. Once he successfully teaches him how to walk, he pushes him harder. One day, the family finds a scarlet ibis that dies in their yard. Doodle develops a connection with this bird and buries it.