BC: Follow Tally on a journey of self discovery and adventure. Will his friends have the answers or will an unexpected visitor hold the truth? | Featuring selected characters from the anamalz range. Visit www.anamalz.com to meet Tally and his friends.
FC: Why do I have stripes? | Written and Photographed by Nicole Gooch | kidcol
1: Kidcol Publishing Glenhaven, NSW, 2156 First published 2009 All rights reserved.
2: The rain had vanished for the afternoon, so Tally the tiger and his friends decided to play hide and seek before nightfall.
3: "1...2...3...4...here I come to find you all!" yelled Ross the rhinoceros.
4: One by one, Ross uncovered all his friends. | But there was one animal he just could not find!
5: So all the animals decided to look for Tally together.
6: As the sky darkened, Tally was afraid his friends would never find him. | So he decided to share his hiding spot.
7: "Here I am!" yelled Tally as he leaped from the reeds.
8: "I couldn't see you amongst the leaves Tally! It must have been those wierd stripes of yours" snarled Ross.
9: As Tally returned home via the river, he caught a glimpse of his reflection in the water. He did not like what he saw.
10: That night, Tally's mother helped wash off all the mud, from the tops of his ears to the tips of his toes. | "Mum why do I have stripes and none of my friends do?" Tally whimpered as his head became heavy.
11: She nuzzled against Tally's ear. "Oh Tal, our stripes are very special, not something to worry about, now off to bed".
12: The next day, Tally lay restless. He was still confused about his stripes. | Maybe his friends would have the answers...
13: Billy the buffalo was challenging his fear of heights on the rocks edge.
14: "Billy, why do you think I have stripes?" asked Tally. | "Maybe they are racing stripes to make you leap faster," exclaimed Billy as he daringly started to slide.
15: Next, Tally came across Carly the crocodile who was practicing her diving skills.
16: "Carly why do you think I have stripes?" asked Tally. | "I've heard they help you to hide and hunt for food," suggested Carly, as she carefuly walked along the board.
17: Lastly, Tally stumbled across Ross the rhinoceros playing in the mud.
18: "I thought they were your birth marks," exclaimed Ross as he creeped into the mud. | "Ross, why do you think I have stripes?" asked Tally.
19: As Tally neared home, he felt his mind was more blurred than ever.
20: As he got closer to home, Tally noticed something mysterious in the reeds. | The animal started to draw closer...
21: and closer... | and closer... | and closer...
22: Until the two animals locked eyes.
23: As Tally looked closer he noticed something extraordinary!
24: "Yes, lots of animals do!" chuckled Zebra. | "You have stripes just like me!" burst Tally.
25: "We all have our own unqiue patterns" said Zebra as he galloped away.
26: For the first time, Tally felt proud of his stripes.
27: He couldnt wait to get home to tell all his friends about what he had discovered.