Two Ways to Count to Ten

Two Ways to Count to Ten Part II
No one had seen the slender beast before.
No one had seen the slender beast before.
2007 Publications International, Ltd.

Below is the second part of "Two Ways to Count to Ten."

The next beast to throw the spear was the water ox. "I will throw the king's spear higher than ten mango trees!" he shouted. The water ox threw the spear with his horns and quickly counted, "One, two, three, four." But then the king's spear landed with a thump. The ox had lost the contest, too.

Then it was the chimpanzee's turn. With his long arms he threw the spear. "One, two, three, four, five, six, seven," he shouted. But the spear landed in the king's vegetable garden. The chimpanzee lost the contest. The villagers began to whisper, "Who will marry the king's daughter?"

Then out of the bush came a beast no one had seen before. It was the antelope, with large eyes and slender legs. "He is not strong enough to throw the spear," said the villagers.

"I will throw the spear," the antelope said with courage to the King.

The antelope walked lightly and was very graceful. With very little effort, he threw the King's spear high into the sky and called out two words, "Five, ten!"

"I have counted to ten," said the antelope proudly.

The king nodded his head and said, "Yes, you have counted to ten. I did not say how you must count to ten."

"You will be the prince and will marry my daughter."
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The King then told the antelope, "You will be the prince and will marry my daughter." The other animals felt sad that they were not smart enough to be prince.

After three days of dancing and feasting, King Leopard announced, "Antelope is the new prince," and all the beasts shouted for joy.

Everyone in the land was happy because they realized that it is not always the biggest or strongest, but the smartest one who wins the prize.

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