Help Me Find This Fable About Cheetahs
June 6, 2012 6:51 PM Subscribe
Trying to identify a myth/fairy tale I read in an issue of Highlights back in the 1990s. It has to do with how animals got their spots/colors, and how the cheetah, who was vain, waited too long and had to use the leftover paint colors to create its yellow coat, black spots, and black "tears".
posted by These Birds of a Feather to Writing & Language (7 answers total)
The only comparable story I can find is one about how the Zebra got its stripes.
Hadithi, Mwenye & Kennaway, Adrienne. (2004). Greedy Zebra. London: Hodder Children’s Books.
While all the African animals are selecting their colorful coats and horns, Greedy Zebra is obsessed with eating. By the time he notices the striking features of the other animals, only leftover black strips of cloth remain.
Any ideas? I've searched through varying combos of "cheetah fairytale paint" etc but no luck. Would love to share this with my students as they're reading about cheetahs this week. Thank you!