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How the African Savannah got its seasons

By: Anna R.
Missouri, Age 6

Once upon a time, there was a young giraffe who was extra tall, a zebra who had squiggly stripes, and a lion with a very, very, very large mane. The lion and the zebra kind of boasted a lot, but the giraffe always told the truth.

They lived on the African Savannah and they never got any rain.

And one day the lion said, ˘I am the biggest animal on the Savannah. IĂll jump over and bite the clouds open.÷ And he jumped and he jumped, but he couldnĂt reach the clouds.

Then the zebra said, ˘I can jump higher than anyone else on the Savannah. I will jump up and kick the clouds open.÷ So she jumped up and kicked and kicked and she didnĂt get the clouds open.

˘Maybe I can get the clouds open,÷ thought the giraffe. So she said, ˘I will stick my head up in the clouds and poke open the clouds to make the rain fall.÷ And when she did, it poured! But it poured so much that it flooded all the rivers.

Now they needed the sun to come back out.

So the lion said, ˘I can make the sun shine. IĂll jump up and bite the sun to make it shine.÷ And he jumped and he jumped, but he couldnĂt reach the sun.

˘I am the best jumper ever,÷ the zebra thought to herself. So she said, ˘I will jump up and kick the sun to make it shine.÷ And she jumped and she jumped, and couldnĂt reach the sun.

The giraffe giggled a little because the lion and the zebra were acting so funny. So the giraffe said, ˘I will go up and poke the sun to make it shine.÷ And she raised her neck up as high as she could and the sun spilled from the clouds.

And that is the story of how the African Savannah got their different seasons.

The end.