The Tiger & The Rabbit
Timothy W., 8, Maryland — Award Winner
The moral of my fable: Never trust a predator!
My Fable: On a grassy plane, a tiger asked a rabbit to help him find food for his baby.
“Will you help me, rabbit? My baby needs so much food. By myself I cannot ever get enough.”
Being the friendly and caring rabbit that he was, rabbit agreed to help the tiger.
As they searched the Savanna, the tiger kept a close eye on the rabbit. When they had enough, they went back to the tiger’s den to feed the baby tiger.
“Awww, he’s so cute,” the rabbit said. Just then the baby tiger roared, opened his mouth wide, and swallowed the rabbit.
The Baby Bird Who Would Always Break His Promise
Jayden B., 9, Maryland
The moral of my fable: Don’t make promises that you can’t keep.
My Fable: This is the story of a baby bird who would always break his promise. He would break his promises all day and all night. He broke his promises just so he could do what he liked.
One night, Mama Bird was about to eat dinner. She called out, “Come and get your dinner.” “I’ll be right down,” said the youngest bird, but he ignored her and just kept doing what he was doing.
Finally, when he came down, his mother said, “I think you’ve been ignoring me and breaking promises. There is no dinner left.” “Okay, okay. I admit it. I have been ignoring you every time. I’m very, very sorry. I hope you’ll forgive me,” he said sadly.
“Well, I am very disappointed that you ignored me, but I am glad you told the truth and so, I think I might of saved you a plate”. Mama brought it over the Baby Bird. They ate dinner together.
The Lynx And The Urial
Makiyah S. 8, Maryland
The moral of my fable: There’s a time and place for everything.
My Fable: One day, Lynx was going to read. Urial was playing hopscotch. Urial wanted Lynx to play. Lynx refused. Urial was mad. Urial said, “Please!’’
Lynx said, “No, stop bothering me. I’m telling on you!’’ “No, please stop,’’ Urial said.
As time passed, Urial continued to worry about Lynx. He thought Lynx was losing his playtime by reading. Lynx thought maybe he probably still had time to do both.
Finally, the teacher said, ‘’Recess is over.” Lynx was upset because he never played, he only read.
The Owl And The Lynx
Ashraf M., 8, Maryland
The moral of my fable: Friends reveal themselves by helping others.
My Fable: Somewhere in the savanna there lived an owl and a Lynx. The Owl had a lot of friends, but the Lynx did not. The Lynx ruled over the savanna — or thought he did. The Lynx had no friends and preferred it that way. The owl was happy.
One summer evening a great storm arrived. Lynx ran for shelter and became trapped under a fence. He called out for help. “Anybody out there!”
Hearing strange noises, the Owl looked everywhere. He flew over the lemon grass, swooped by the manketti tree until he found the Lynx. He was trapped!!
The Owl freed the Lynx from the fence and took the Lynx to shelter.
The Fox And The Owl
Gabrielle F., 8, Maryland
The moral of my fable: Fighting is never worth it!
My Fable: Once there were two friends, Owl and Fox. Everyone in the forest thought they were the smartest of all.
One day Fox was strolling through the woods and she got an excellent idea. Everyone in the forest would find out who was the smartest of all … her or Owl. So, Fox went to Owl’s house. Fox knocked at her door and said, “Hey, Owl. I am at the door.” Owl heard the knock and came to the door. “Come in come in,” she said. Then, Fox invited her to the competition. Owl accepted, but she was nervous.
Meanwhile, Fox was getting ready for the competition. The day of the competition had arrived, but Owl still felt sad. Why…? Because, well if she won, Fox would probably be mad and sad. She did not want to upset her best friend, so all through the competition she tried to signal to Fox that she did not want to compete.
Fox wasn’t listening. She was busy trying to win the competition.
Finally, Owl gave up trying to signal to Fox. Owl said, “Sorry Fox, but… I don’t want to compete.” In the middle of what Owl was saying, Fox became angry and said, “I did all of this preparation for nothing.” Owl was trying to explain to Fox why she didn’t want to compete. Fox started to scream; they began to fight until they realized fighting is not productive. It would be much wiser to unite and be friends working together.
The Zebra And The Twin Bunnies
Zaikira B., 9, Maryland
The moral of my fable: It is better to share than to hoard stuff for yourself.
My Fable: Once there lived a zebra and some twin bunnies. Zebra was heading towards the home of the twin bunnies carrying a ball.
A little later, one Bunny took the ball from Zebra and she would only play with the ball by herself. She said, “This is mine. Mine alone!”
Then, Zebra told Bunny that it was better to share. If you take something that is not yours, you have to return it sooner or later.
The Cat And The Iguana
Miebaka O., 8, Maryland
The moral of my fable: You can not keep everything you want.
My Fable: One time a while ago, a cat found a baby iguana on the street. He wanted to keep him. He thought the iguana might die on the street if he didn’t take care of it himself. The cat thought himself responsible enough to keep and take care of it.
Just as he was going to grab him, yoink and he was gone! The iguana had vanished. He looked for the iguana everywhere.
As the hours past, the cat became very worried. The cat pounced and pounced and pounced everywhere around asking animals where the iguana was. But iguana was nowhere to be found.
Then, he heard a voice calling out to him, “Cat, don’t you know, responsible or not, you can’t keep everything you want?”.
The Leopard And The Turtle
William F., 9, Maryland
The moral of my fable: There is a time and place for everything.
Deep in the forest, there was an owl who was teaching a class. The students were a leopard and a turtle. The Owl had been teaching a lesson on self-defense.
When they had studied enough, the Owl said, “It’s time for recess!”
So, the Leopard and the Turtle lined up to go to the field where the Leopard and the Turtle played animal soccer until it was time for class. Finally, the Owl said, “Get out your math book to do the equation because you have a test tomorrow.”
The Turtle followed the Owl’s instruction, but the Leopard said, “I’m going to keep playing.”
A few days later, on a math test, the Leopard got a 0. Leopard’s parents took his toys away and made him study and extra hour each evening. The Turtle got 100. He got to keep his toys but, being polite and wise, he did not brag.