Tricking the Tiger Retold by: Beverly randell Illustrated by: Yen Lau __________________________________________ Once upon a time, there were two Foxes who lived in a den with their Cubs. Mr and Mrs Fox went into town to look for food every night. They often found something good that had fallen on the ground maybe some chicken, or some fish, or some pumpkin. Mrs Fox always found the most food. The Foxes would eat what they wanted. Then they would carry the rest of the food home to their Cubs. Mr Fox always told Mrs Fox how clever he had been to find so much food. He talked and talked all the way home. He liked the sound of his own voice. One night, as they were walking home, a tiger stepped out in frount of them. “I’m going to eat you both,” said the tiger. When Mr Fox saw the tiger’s sharp teeth, he was so scared that his legs began to shake. Mrs Fox was scared, too. But she knew that she had to think of a way to trick the tiger. If she didn’t, he would kill them both.
“I think you should let us go,” Mrs Fox told the tiger. “We are old and thin. Why don’t you come home to our den? We have three little Cubs there. They are young and fat.” Mr Fox looked at her surprise! He could not think why Mrs Fox had told the tiger about their Cubs. The tiger licked his lips. Soon he would be eating three cubs as well as two Foxes! “You had better show me the way to your den,” he said. “I’ll lead the way,” said Mrs Fox “Follow me!” and she hurried off Mr Fox was very glad when they came to the den. He ran inside first before the tiger could stop him. Mrs Fox turned to the tiger and said, “Please wait here while I go and get the Cubs.” Then she raced inside after Mr Fox. She knew the tiger could not get through the doorway. The tiger waited, and waited and waited. The foxes and their three little Cubs hurried out the back door. They ran as fast as they could until they were far, far away. Clever Mrs Fox had tricked the tiger and saved them all. After that, Mr Fox never
told Mrs Fox how clever he was. And that was Just as well,don’t you think?