Sunday, March 13, 2016

How the Zebra Got Its Stripes

As some of you may know, I collect Little Golden Books. I have for years, and I honestly don't even know how many I have right now. Very rarely do I buy them new. In fact, I prefer to find the really old stories at thrift stores. The last new LGBs I bought were the Star Wars ones for Episodes I-VI. Other than that, I usually am on the lookout for older editions. I did find this one the other day. How the Zebra Got Its Stripes was published in 2002, so it's one of the newer ones in my collection.

Professor Linus Pinstripe is at a local watering hole in Africa, and he goes about interviewing various animals on how they feel the zebra got its stripes. Of course, they all have different ideas, from painting themselves with black-and-white striped paint, to tearing off their shadows by running too fast. It's a cute story, and even more so if you're especially fond of zebras. 

Fun Facts about Zebras:

Zebras are members of the horse family.
Zebras can run up to 35 miles per hour.
The lead male zebra is called a stallion, and will stay in the back of the herd.
Zebras have black skin under their hair.
Baby zebras—called foals—can walk within 20 minutes of being born.
Different zebra species have different types of stripes.
Zebras live about 25 years in the wild.

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