A long time ago, deep in a beautiful forest beyond the horizon, there lived many
animals called the Rainbow Animals. The Rainbow Animals looked ordinary, as you
see anywhere in our land; the difference was that their fur was in rainbow colors.
Also, they could talk.
The animals lived peacefully in Rainbow Country, but to the south there was a country
that did not wish for peace. This was Rhino Country, and it was populated by some
of the meanest rhinos you could ever find. They constantly sent raiding parties
over the border.
After the latest raid had robbed several squirrels of the hard-earned nuts they
had been storing for winter, a lion called for a meeting. All the Rainbow Animals
gathered in a glade.
“These attacks can’t go on much longer,” said the lion. “It’s time we fought back
against Rhino Country.”
The larger animals chattered excitedly. The smaller ones looked at each other and
“I don’t want to be trampled by rhinos!” squeaked an iguana. “I’d be scared to death,
“That’s the trouble with iguanas,” snorted an elephant. “They just want to lie around
and bask in the sun all day.”
“At least we don’t make the ground shake when we walk,” said the iguana. “The other
day, I almost fell off my favorite rock because of you!”
The elephant beamed proudly.
“Enough!” roared a bear.