By Alycia Zimmerman Grades PreK—K, 1—2, 3—5 Teaching becomes much easier when we free kids to do what comes naturally and add an academic focus to their play.
I never fell though, of course. Nothing could touch me at the time, until I met the day that would bring my demise as a king of my land. It was a normal day like every other. I was watching over my peers with full intention of protection when I noticed a peculiar little alien.
This alien was different and very unlike all writing about stuffed animals little aliens that came through my land.
He wore a frown on his round face and stomped his feet out of displeasure to the middle of the lane. He squeezed and pinched every part of my body: I was violated over and over as I was scanned and thrown into a plastic bag. Leaving my kingdom, I felt uncomfortable warmth all over my body.
I was roughly tossed into what I now know is a transportation vehicle, hitting my head. Quickly, the vehicle turned on, made a loud noise, and began moving. It hit many bumps and I hit my head continuously leaving my entire body sore.
I was being smothered by the plastic bag I was contained in and soon lost consciousness. Within moments, my life had gone from greatness to nothing.
I was once the beloved king of my people, but quickly became an obsequious slave. I was thrown at walls, wailed into furniture, stomped on the floor, and dropped in dirt. My face would be drilled into the mud many times over the years.
Sticky juice and soda pop would be spilled on my once soft, clean fur. My long whiskers were cut, and my white fur was dirty. I felt more ugly than I looked. The giant family dog and the alien boy often played tug-of-war with my sore body, pulling me back and forth ripping the stitches at my limbs.
Thick dog slobber would drip down my snout, further dirtying my fur. All I wanted was to be loved. All I wanted was to be cared for. The dog forgot about my existence as well. The feeling was bitter-sweet. Minutes felt like hours, hours felt like days, and days felt like weeks.
I laid in a dusty corner for months facing the banal wall, only able to hear my surroundings. This feeling was common, common to anyone forgotten and mistreated. This is how I thought I would spend eternity. Soon life would change once more for me. One morning I found myself in a large bag with many others like me.
There were teddy bears, toy horses, dolls, and cars. I was surprised to find out that they had been treated the same way I had been by the alien boy. Just like me, they all once had good lives which were ripped away from them by the alien. They were beaten and dirtied, but eventually forgotten.
We were taken to the transportation vehicle and tossed into it. It started up, and within minutes we were at our destination. After being emptied out of the bag, my eyes met the faces of many little girl aliens. They bounced up and down with excitement and anticipation.
One alien gently grabbed my body and hugged me tightly to her chest.Taxidermy is the preserving of an animal's body via mounting (over an armature) or stuffing, for the purpose of display or study.
Animals are often, but not always, portrayed in a lifelike state. The word taxidermy describes the process of preserving the animal but the word is also used to describe the end product which are called taxidermy mounts, or referred to simply as "taxidermy".
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A much taller, weathered-looking alien came by and swept the helpless up and put them back on their shelves. I never fell though, of course.
Nothing could touch me at the time, until I met the day that would bring my demise as a king of my land.