6 minutes long. Parts for 11 actors. Best suited for ages 6-10.

Studying Native American history? This tale introduces younger students to a well-known Native American legend.

Synopsis: When the Bear thinks he rules the sun, there is a problem, because he may rule the little animals of the forest, but he does not rule the sun. He can’t do everything and laughing at someone when they are wrong never makes a right.

Excerpt from the play:

CHARACTERS (In order of appearance)

NARRATOR 1
NARRATOR 2
WOLF
HAWK
BUNNY
DEER
OWL
SQUIRREL
CHIPMUNK
BEAR
GRANNY SQUIRREL

The Narrators enter.

NARRATOR 1
Once upon a time, long ago, many happy animals lived in the forest together.

WOLF
I’M THE WOLF – Howwwwl.

HAWK
I’m the hawk (makes a hawk noise).

BUNNY
I’m a tiny bunny. Don’t eat me hawk.

DEER
I’m a deer. I have big antlers.

OWL
I’m an owl. Who who.

SQUIRREL
I’m the squirrel.

BEAR
I’m the bear and I’m the king of this forest.

CHIPMUNK
Okay, fine. I’m the chipmunk. I’ll be around later.

GRANNY SQUIRREL
And I’m the ever engrossing, famous, amazing granny squirrel. I live in a borough and I give good hugs.

NARRATOR 2
One beautiful sunny day the big black bear was out walking.

BEAR
I’m a bear. I am king of this forest. I can do anything, yes I can. I can do anything yes I can.

NARRATOR 1
He went on like that for a long time. It was kind of annoying.

NARRATOR 2
Until suddenly, there was a little tiny voice behind him. It was squirrel.

SQUIRREL
Can you really do anything?

BEAR
Who said that?

SQUIRREL
Just me, little squirrel.

BEAR
Yes, I can do anything, yes I can.

All the animals stop and look out.

ALL ANIMALS
He is bear!

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