Humility among the Animals

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Humility and fair play

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On the vanity and pride of those used to being best, and the lessons in humility which this can bring


Land of the Animals


A kangaroo, a penguin, and a fox

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Humility among the Animals

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A story for kids about humility

There was once a kangaroo who became an athletics champion. However, with this success he became arrogant and nasty, and he spent a lot of time making fun of others.
His favourite target was a little penguin whose walk was so slow and clumsy that it often prevented him from even finishing the race.

One day the fox, who organised the races, let everyone know that his favourite for the next race was the poor penguin. Everyone thought it was a joke, but still the big-headed kangaroo got very angry, and he ridiculed the penguin even more than usual. The penguin did not even want to take part in the race, but it was a tradition that everyone must do so. On the day of the race, he approached the starting line in a group which was following the fox. The fox led them up the mountain, while everyone made fun of the penguin, commenting on whether he would roll down the mountain or just slide down on his fat belly.

But when they reached the top they all shut up. The top of the mountain turned out to be a crater that had filled with water, making it into a lake. At this point, the fox gave the starting signal, saying: "First to the other side wins".

The penguin, excited, waddled clumsily to the water's edge. Once he was in the water, though, his speed was unbeatable, and he won the race by a long distance. Meanwhile, the kangaroo barely managed to reach the other side; tearful, humiliated, and half drowned. And although it seemed like the penguin was waiting to make fun of the kangaroo, the penguin had learned a lot from his suffering, and instead of ridiculing the kangaroo, he offered to teach him how to swim.

For the rest of the day the animals enjoyed themselves, playing in the lake. But the one who enjoyed himself the most was the fox, who, with his cleverness, had managed to bring the kangaroo down a peg or two.

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A minute for thinking

We all have some special hability, though sometimes we need some time to discover it. What is your special hability? What do you think is the best way to use it? The kangaroo only uses his habilities to brag. Can you think of a better way to use them?

Let's talk!

Penguin surely have wanted revenge, but managed to win gracefully, avoiding humiliating Kangaroo. Thus they make good friends. It is very likely you have experienced something similar. Tell your child about that experiente to help her understand that avoiding revenge, though requiring some effort, is always worth.

Why don't you try this?

TV showcases many sport stars. You can sort them in a list, but instead of sorting them by their sports skills, try sorting them by their fair play and their attitude when they win or lose. Once you get a winner, it would be great to send him a letter to congratulate him. Imagine how exciting it would be if eventually he responds back to you!

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