The King of the Polar Bearsby L. Frank Baum
Genre: Fairy Tale
Format of Original Source: Short Story
Recommended Adaptation Length:
Candidate for Adaptation? Not Likely
The other ran away to his fellows and carried the news of the king’s strange appearance. The result was a meeting of all the polar bears upon a broad field of ice, where they talked gravely of the remarkable change that had come upon their monarch.
“He is, in reality, no longer a bear,” said one; “nor can he justly be called a bird. But he is half bird and half bear, and so unfitted to remain our king.”
“Then who shall take his place?” asked another.
“He who can fight the bird-bear and overcome him,” answered an aged member of the group. “Only the strongest is fit to rule our race.”
There was silence for a time, but at length a great bear moved to the front and said:
“I will fight him; I–Woof–the strongest of our race! And I will be King of the Polar Bears.”
The others nodded assent, and dispatched a messenger to the king to say he must fight the great Woof and master him or resign his sovereignty.
“For a bear with feathers,” added the messenger, “is no bear at all, and the king we obey must resemble the rest of us.”
Perhaps a children’s ballet?
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