American English Story
The Lying Lion
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He lied, oh how he lied,
Claiming to be King;
But in actuality, this lion cried,
At the thought of a little sting.
I witnessed it myself that day,
And couldn't believe my eyes;
As this big bad cat began to sway,
Desperate to conceal his lies.
He ran away as fast as he could,
Hoping to get lost;
Feeling embarrassed and misunderstood,
Came at quite a cost.
It had been easy for him to scare us,
With his mighty roar and size;
But to see him tremble and throw a fuss,
Felt like winning a first place prize.
I knew someone would eventually call his bluff,
And that they would reveal the truth;
I just never would have thought, all that fluff,
Would be caused by a bee named Ruth.
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Artie Knapp is the author of many published works for young readers. These include:
Artie is a frequent contributor to the Detroit Free Press' Yak's Corner (USA), his children's literature has been featured in over two hundred publications across the world.
- Award-winning children's book Stuttering Stan Takes a Stand
- Living Green: A Turtle's Quest for a Cleaner Planet (shortlisted finalist for the 2012 Green Earth Book Award)
He is a member of The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, and graduated from Ohio University and lives in the United States with his wife and daughter.
Here's a very short list of just some of Artie's stories which are rotated on this page one at a time. A larger collection of stories is available immediately through our Unlimited Stories option (see our Free Story Access section).
A mouse by the House(Poem)
A wish from Above
Getting to know Ronnie
Light on a Snowy Day
No More Car Wash Blues
The Hummingbird who chewed Bubblegum
The Shell Shocked Turtle
The Sweet Smelling Skunk
The Turkey and the Pumpkin
The Wasp and the Canary
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