I'm participating in the "Stories from Around the World" bloghop, hosted by Walk Beside Me.
Today's legend comes from Namibia, Africa.... it's the story of how the crocodile got its bumpy skin. (text from http://www.gateway-africa.com/)
How the crocodile got its knobbly textured skin:
The crocodile originally had a smooth golden skin, and it stayed that way because the crocodile would spend all day in the muddy waters and only come out at night. All the other animals would come and admire it's beautiful golden skin.
The crocodile became very proud of its skin and started coming out of the water to bask in the other animals' admiration, even while the sun was shining. He bagan thinking he was better than the other animals and started bossing them around. The other animals became bored with his change in attitude and fewer and fewer started showing up to look at his skin. But each day that the crocodile exposed his skin to the sun it would get uglier and bumpier and thicker, and was soon transformed into what looked like bulging armor.
Crocodile never recovered from the humiliating shame and even today will disappear from view when others approach, with only his eyes and nostrils above the surface of the water.
On a side note, I found a blog that has a artwork created for this story. I've contacted the blogger, and am hoping that he'll grant me permission to use his artwork for this story to make an activity. Until then, I hope you'll go check out his post that has the adorable artwork for this story.