Language Arts Literacy
In this story, writer Vashanti Rahaman describes an encounter between a tiger and a fox.
King of All Animals Retold by Vashanti Rahaman
When Tiger walked openly through the jungle, he was Fear.
The deer fled in alarm. The monkeys swung, screaming, to the highest branches. The frogs dived into the deepest pools. And the turtles closed their shells and hoped to be mistaken for mere rocks. Even the wild oxen and wild boar, crashing their way through the undergrowth, kept a respectful distance.
Truly, thought Tiger as he uttered a roar that shook the jungle, I am King. When Tiger stalked and hunted, none could see him.
He crouched, unmoving, in the dappled shadows. The light that filtered through the leaves and branches made patterns on the jungle floor that matched his coat. The deer 5 grazed quietly. The monkeys played in the lowest branches. The frogs basked on the lily pads, and the turtles lumbered by. Even the wild oxen and wild boar crashed through the undergrowth, just inches from Tiger’s nose.
With one swift bound, Tiger could have the dinner of his choice.