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  • Hello, I'm Robert Guillaume and welcome to Storyline Online, brought to you by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation.

  • Today we're going to be reading a story by Chih-Yuan Chen called Guji Guji.

  • An egg was rolling on the ground.

  • It rolled through the trees.

  • It rolled across the meadow.

  • It rolled all the way down the hill.

  • Finally, it rolled into a... duck's nest.

  • Mother Duck didn't notice. (She was reading.)

  • Soon enough, the eggs began to crack.

  • The first duckling to hatch had... blue spots. Mother Duck called him Crayon.

  • The second duckling had brown stripes. "Zebra," Mother Duck decided.

  • The third duckling was yellow, and Mother Duck named him Moonlight.

  • A rather odd-looking duckling hatched from the fourth egg.

  • "Guji Guji," he said, and that became his name.

  • Mother Duck taught her four ducklings how to swim how to dive and how to waddle.

  • Guji Guji always learned more quickly than the others, He was bigger and stronger, too.

  • But no matter how... quick they were, or what they looked like, Mother Duck loved all her ducklings the same.

  • Then one terrible day, three crocodiles came out of the lake. They looked a lot like Guji Guji.

  • The crocodiles were... smiling, and when they laughed with their mouths wide open, the whole world could see their big, pointed teeth.

  • The three crocodiles saw Guji Guji and smiled some more. "Look at that ridiculous crocodile. He's walking like a duck!"

  • Guji Guji heard them. "I am not walking like a duck, I am a duck!" he explained.

  • The crocodiles laughed. "look at yourself! No feathers, no beak, no big webbed feet!

  • What you have is blue-gray skin, sharp claws, pointed teeth and the smell of bad crocodile. You're just like us."

  • The first crocodile said, "your blue-gray body lets you hide under water without being seen so you can get close to fat, delicious ducks."

  • The second crocodile said, "Big, sharp claws help you hold fat, delicious ducks tightly so they don't get away."

  • The third crocodile said, "Pointed teeth are necessary so you can chew fat, delicious ducks. Mmmm. Yum."

  • The three crocodiles grinned. "We know you live with the ducks.

  • Take them to the bridge tomorrow and practice diving. We'll wait underneath with our mouths wide open."

  • "Why would I do that?" Guji Guji asked. "Why should I listen to you?"

  • "Because we are all crocodiles, and crocodiles help each other." The bad crocodiles grinned again and vanished into the grass.

  • Guji Guji felt terrible. He sat by the lake to think. "Is it true? Am I a bad crocodile too?"

  • He looked down into the lake and a made a fierce face.

  • Guji Guji laughed. He looked ridiculous. "I am not a bad crocodile. Of course, I'm not exactly a duck either."

  • "But the three crocodiles are nasty, and they want to eat my family. I must think of a way to stop them."

  • Guji Guji thought and thought until finally he thought up a good idea. He went home happy and content

  • That night, the three bad crocodiles sharpened their pointed teeth, all the while thinking of fat, delicious ducks.

  • They were ready for their feast.

  • The next day, Guji Guji did as he'd been told... he took the flock of ducks to the bridge to practice diving.

  • The three bad crocodiles were waiting for the ducks underneath the bridge.

  • It wasn't fat, delicious ducks that dropped from the bridge though;

  • it was three big, hard rocks! The crocodiles bit down.

  • "Crack! Crack! Crack!" went their pointed teeth.

  • The three bad crocodiles ran as fast as they could. In barely a minute, they were nowhere to be seen!

  • Guji Guji had saved the ducks! Guji Guji was the duck hero of the day!

  • That night, all the ducks danced and celebrated.

  • Guji Guji continued to live with Mother Duck, Crayon, Zebra and Moonlight,

  • and every day he became stronger and happier "crocoduck. The End.

Hello, I'm Robert Guillaume and welcome to Storyline Online, brought to you by the Screen Actors Guild Foundation.

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Guji Guji read by Robert Guillaume

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