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Why the Possum Has a Skinny Tail Encore Episode


Why the Possum Has a Skinny Tail Encore Episode

A Native American story about a possum who is so proud of his bushy tail that he can’t stop boasting about it, and ends up in a very tricky situation.  A fun story that teaches kids about the pitfalls of boasting!  An ENCORE episode from storytelling podcast, Journey with Story.  (duration 8 minutes)

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Why the Possum Has a Skinny Tail

Encore Episode 

July 6,2023

Originally Aired January 21, 2021 

A Cherokee folktale.  

Do you know anyone who likes to boast a lot?  Maybe he boasts about what a fast runner he is.  Or maybe she boasts about what beautiful long hair she has or what nice new shoes she has.  How does it make you feel when you hear someone boasting about what they have or how they look? Does it make you a bit annoyed?  Maybe it makes you wish something would happen to make this person a little more humble? 

Hello everyone. I’m Kathleen Pelley. Welcome to Journey with Story.   

Today’s story is an ENCORE episode – a Native American Folktale about a possum who is so proud of his tail that he can’t stop boasting about it….let’s see how that turns out for him.  Oh, and since all of our American listeners just celebrated their special holiday on July 4th – Independence Day, this is a perfect story for them because of course the possum can be found in many, many parts of America. 


Before we begin –we want to give a huge shout out to Hannah Lydia who recently became a Unicorn patreon subscriber.  Thank you so much, Hannah and hope you are enoying the signed copy of my book The Giant King that you received as one of your Unicorn gifts.  Remember you can find out more options for our patreon subscribers at 


Oh, and one more important announcement for all you story lovers and in particular those of you who might like stories about knights and princesses, I recently had one of my stories published in Cricket Magazine, and if you want to read it, just go to  and you will find it posted there along with some wonderful illustrations.  It is called Ned, the Knock-Kneed Knight.  Enjoy! 


Let’s take an ENCORE journey with Why the Possum has a Skinny Tail 


I bet you know the story souvenir of this story, don’t. you?  Yes, quite simply, it is NOT a good idea to be a boaster for all kinds of reasons, but most of all, because it usually will not end well for you. 

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Cheerio then, join me next time for Journey with Story. 

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