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Why Opossum's Tail is Bare
A Cherokee story retold by Sanjit


SanjitA long long time ago Opossum's tail was long and bushy.

He loved his tail and spent all day cleaning and brushing it. When anyone came to visit him, he made them listen to his latest song or poem about his tail. And when all the animals got together for a dance he demanded a special seat so everyone could admire his beautiful tail.

Wow! He was so boring!

Rabbit couldn't stand it any more. He decided to play a trick on Opossum. The next dance was booked for tomorrow night. He went to Opossum's house to invite him personally. "I must have a special seat" said Opossum. "Everyone must be able to see my beautiful bushy tail." Continue