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How The Tiger Got His Stripes

By: Edye H.
South Carolina, Age 9

A long time ago, tigers had a race. A lot of tigers entered the race. Two of the tigers were Teto and Toto. Teto cheated because he was in the tree tops. A black branch fell and landed on Toto. The branch stuck to Toto.

''What will I do?'' cried Toto.

''We can paint you with black paint'' said Rita, Toto's wife. ''Then no one will notice the black branch.''

So they got black paint at the paint store. Rita painted Toto with 30 black stripes. Toto won the race in a landslide. From that time on, all tigers have had black stripes.