Storytime: Stinky the Skunk
The real lesson here? Don’t judge a sweet-natured skunk by his smell!
Once upon a time, there was a tiny blackand-white skunk who lived in the great forest. His name was Stinky. He was called Stinky because he was able to scare his enemies away by lifting his tail and letting loose a spray of foul-smelling liquid. This spray was so strong it could be smelled as far as a mile away, and could even cause temporary blindness if anyone got too close.
Stinky was a kind little skunk and he never used his spray unless he absolutely had to. In spite of this he had no friends. Whenever the other animals in the forest saw him coming, they ran away.
Stinky would call after them, “Please don’t run away. I only want to play with you.”
But the other animals didn’t listen. So Stinky was very lonely. Even though he was sad that no one liked him, he held his tail up proudly and went off to play by himself. As he walked through the forest, he always stopped to smell the wildflowers. There were daisies, buttercups, bluebells and even dandelions. Sometimes Stinky was so lonesome that he would talk to the flowers.
“Hello, Miss Daisy,” he’d say, as he touched his nose to the white petals. Or, “Miss Buttercup, have you made any butter today? And Mr. Dandelion, I do like your bright yellow coat.”
The flowers would nod and smile and sway gently in the breeze. Of course, as they could not uproot themselves to run and play with Stinky, he still had no playmates.
One day, while Stinky was talking to the flowers, he heard a terrifying noise. He looked up to see all the forest animals running as fast as they could. They crashed through the forest, and behind them came a big ugly monster. The monster had coalblack eyes, big teeth and huge dangling arms. It was trying to catch the fleeing animals! Stinky knew right away that he had to help. Even though the other animals had refused to be his friends, he could not allow the monster to catch them. So, planting himself firmly in its path, he lifted his tail. When the monster was almost on top of him, Stinky let loose a big spray of smelly liquid. The monster stopped in his tracks, then began to howl and rub his eyes with his big hairy hands. Finally, he turned and ran away.
The forest animals gathered around Stinky. “Thank you so much for saving us!” they exclaimed. “We are so sorry that we never let you play with us. Will you forgive us and be our friend?”
“Yes,” smiled Stinky happily. “I would very much like to be your friend. And I promise I will never use my scent to hurt you.”
From then on, all the forest animals played together happily, and the monster was never seen again.