I drew this children’s story for my soon-to-be cousin (who is due in November!). It is, of course, about foxes. I thought I would share it here. After my previous stories, I think my art is still bad, but improving.
If you like this story, you might want to check out The Amateur’s Guide to Northeastern Trees, or the Backyard Bird Primer. If you’d like a pdf of this story (or the others), leave a comment or email me at firefly041300 at yahoo dot com.
Benji, the little red fox
Benji was a little red fox
One morning, he woke up bright and early
“Good morning!” said Benji’s mother, “How is my little red fox?” “I’m great!” replied Benji, “I am the reddest animal in all the forest!”
“Ha!” shouted Cardinal, “I think not!”
“My feathers are clearly redder than your fur!” cried Cardinal.
“Well…” Benji paused, “I definitely have the fluffiest tail!”
“Wrong!” protested Red Squirrel, “Mine is fluffier!”
“But I have the biggest teeth!” roared Benji. “Yipe!” said Red Squirrel.
“Bigger than mine?” asked Grey Wolf. “Yipe!” said Benji.
Grey Wolf chuckled to herself as Benji ran away.
“Ha!” said Benji triumphantly, “I am clearly the fastest in all the forest!”
“Doubt it,” said Cottontail, “Us rabbits are well known to be the fastest!”
“We’ll see about that!” shouted Benji, giving chase.
But Cottontail dove into his hole and Benji was too big!
“I am a much better jumper than any animal in the forest,” Benji declared.
“I bet no one can jump as high as me!”
“What’s this?” Benji glared at the competition.
“I’ll show you!” he shouted at Toad.
But Toad escaped and Benji stared mournfully at his reflection.
Benji was a little discouraged.
“What’s wrong, little one?” asked Benji’s mother.
“I am not reddest or fastest, I don’t have the biggest teeth, or the highest jump, or the fluffiest tail. What makes me special?”
“You may not be best at any one of those things…” said Benji’s mother.
“But you are the fastest, reddest little fox with the biggest teeth and fluffiest tail in all the forest, and I love you.”