Help me find story on animals of diff. abilities

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  1. bridge

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    Several years ago I read a story about different animals who went to schools that focused on skills the animals didn't possess, so the animals failed- because they were not taught according to their needs. For example, a bird going to a school that focused on running did not do well there. And the woodchuck who found himself in flying school plain-out failed!
    Anyway, I've lost the story, and I don't know where to even start looking for it. So, I'm turning to you all out there in forum-land. Has anyone else read this story? Does anyone have it, or know where I can get it? Am I making sense? I don't remember the story well enough to describe it, so of course I don't remember it well enough to rewrite it for or tell it to students! Thanks for any help you can share!
     
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  3. ~Nicole

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    I know the story you're talking about. I can't think of it off the top of my head but let me look in my pre-k stuff. Leo the late bloomer (Robert Kraus) is another good one for a everyone is special theme.
     
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    The Animal School
    Once upon a time the animals decided they must do something heroic to meet the problems of a "new world," so they organized a school.

    They adopted an activity curriculum consisting of running, climbing, swimming, and flying. To make it easier to administer the curriculum, ALL the animals took ALL subjects.

    The duck was excellent in swimming -- in fact, better than his instructor; but he made only passing grades in flying and was very poor in running. Since he was slow in running, he had to stay after school and also drop swimming in order to practice running. This was kept up until his web feet were badly worn, so then he was only average in swimming. But average was acceptable in school, so nobody worried about that except the duck.

    The rabbit started at the top of the class in running, but he had a nervous breakdown because of so much make-up work in swimming.

    The squirrel was excellent in climbing until he developed frustration in the flying class, where his teacher made him start from the ground up instead of the treetop down. He also developed "Charlie horses" from over-exertion and then got a "C" in climbing and a "D" in running.

    The eagle was a problem child and was disciplined severely. In the climbing class he beat all others to the top of the tree, but insisted on using his own way to get there.

    At the end of the year an abnormal eel that could swim exceedingly well and also could run, climb, and fly a little had the highest average and was named valedictorian.

    The prairie dogs stayed out of school and fought the tax levy because the administration would not add digging and burrowing to the curriculum. They apprenticed their child to a badger and later joined the ground hogs and the gophers in order to start a successful private school.
     
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    Thank-you!!!
     

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