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  • Writer's pictureAlisha Burton

Mouse Tails: Sink or Swim

One very hot summer day, Trevor met up with his friends by the banks of the river. The water was cool and refreshing and as his friends splashed about and played in the water, Trevor could only wade around in the most shallow part, you see, he hadn’t yet learned how to swim.  “You guys, come back over here! “ He called out, as his friends floated further and further downstream. They couldn’t hear him over all the fun they were having. A  beaver had heard him though and paddled over to where Trevor was standing, ankle deep and all alone. “What’s the matter friend?” The beaver inquired. Trevor confessed he hadn’t yet learned to swim and now he was not only very hot, but also missing out on the fun his friends were having in the river. The beaver very kindly offered to teach Trevor to swim and Trevor eagerly accepted the offer. He took off his vest and made his way deeper Into the river with the beaver by his side. His heart started beating faster and faster. He felt  afraid and quickly started to regret his eager response. The beaver sensed Trevor’s trepidation. He explained that learning to swim may be hard, and that Trevor may be feeling nervous, but that not being able to swim was also very hard. The beaver told Trevor to choose which hard thing he would prefer, to swim or not to swim…


It took all summer long, and it was very difficult at times, but the beaver was a patient teacher  and Trevor was determined.  Trevor had chosen to swim and eventually he did!








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