Today, I told a First Nation myth about how turtle outsmarts eagle and frees the animals. In the story all the animals become enslaved by golden eagle after loosing to him in a race. Golden eagle’s first challenger is the puma.
A kindergartener seated in the front row, called out, “What is a puma?” Quick as a flash, another kindergartener answered, “It’s a shoe.”
I run into the same issue when telling the Greek myth involving the Winged Goddess of Victory, Nike.
When I tell the Aesop fable, The Lion and the Mouse during Kindergarten to Grade 8 assemblies, I always choose kindergarteners to portray the lion and the mouse. Four and five year olds are amazing, not just because they are so cute and are natural actors, but because at the end of the story, when the mouse chews open the net to free the lion, I say, “In gratitude, the lion hugged the mouse,” and the kindergarteners always hug.
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