May 11, 1998
This week, we have a story written by Gail Sharpe, from Kelowna, British Columbia. Gail has enjoyed being a part of the Project Literacy Kelowna tutoring program. She says that having lessons has encouraged her to read much more and to read a wider variety of materials. She now enjoys many books and magazines. She is a single mother of two small children, a girl aged seven and a boy of two. It has been difficult for her to attend lessons regularly because often the children have been ill and need their mother at home. However, Gail has made tremendous progress with writing and spelling, despite the domestic demands on her time and energy. Gail has a deep love and understanding for all wild creatures. Because of this special interest, she has chosen to write some articles about her favourite animals.
This is one of my favourite kinds of cats. The tiger is one of the biggest cats that there is alive.
What really excited me about the tiger is that they like water and are meat-eaters. The young look just like their mothers when they are born and they stay with her until they are 2 years old.
The tiger cubs are smaller than a house cat when they are born, but they can grow to weigh nearly 600 pounds and they can get up to 10 feet long.
They live in the jungle and they eat almost any kind of animal there is. Tigers are one of the strongest cats alive. I think that I would like to have one as a pet.
[This story was taken with permission, from a collection of stories and poems written by learners at Project Literacy Kelowna, entitled Our Words III, p. 64.]