How the Zebra Got Its Stripes (Little Golden Book)
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As a group of African animals hang out at the local watering hole, they share funny stories about how the zebra got its stripes. At the end of the book, fun facts explain why zebras really have stripes. For any child intrigued by zebras, this colorful, informative book is a must!
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zebras—the all-white kind and the all-black kind. The Black zebras could hide in the shadows when the lions came around. But the black zebras roasted in the hot sun. The white zebras felt cool, but they stood out like targets for the hungry lions.” “The zebras went to Wise Baboon for help. He gave the white zebras black paint. And he gave the black zebras white paint. Then the zebras went off to paint themselves. “Now the once-black zebras felt cool, but they were targets for lions. And the
Zebra saw a leopard. Zebra took off fast through the sharp, dry grass, and tore its shadow.” “Once Zebra was safe from the leopard, it picked up its shredded shadow and said, ‘From now on, my shadow will ride on me! That way it won’t get torn again.’ And that is how the zebra got its stripes.” “And, in case you’re wondering how Zebra still casts a shadow on the ground, the answer is quite simple: Every morning when the sun comes up, we all get brand-new shadows.” Gazelle giggled. “You
must wear your silly pajamas all the time!’ “In a flash, Zebra’s striped pajamas turned into its skin! To this day, you can still see Zebra trotting and zigzagging in its striped pajamas.” “Now who’s believing silly stories?” asked Lion, who had slinked up to the watering hole. “What really happened was this,” announced Lion. “In the first days of the world, the Creator was busy painting the animals different colors.” “Back then, Zebra was so ornery that the Creator had to paint Zebra
STRIPES No one really knows how the zebra got its stripes—or why! The stripes probably help the zebra hide. Like a giraffe’s spots or a soldier’s camouflaged uniform, the zebra’s stripes blur the shape of its body. ARE YOU THERE, OR ARE YOU AIR? Zebras are easy to see up close, of course. But when a lion or a leopard sees a zebra from far away, in the early morning or early evening light, the zebra’s stripes look like wavy lines. These lines look like heat rising from the ground instead