THE Final King OF Angkor Wat
Faces - The Magazine of People, Places and Cultures for Kids|September 2020
THE Final King OF Angkor Wat
Stories
Pat Betteley

NARRATOR 1: Four animals sat gazing at the ruins of ancient Angkor Wat.

TIGER: Look at those old stone carvings of kings. Kings in parades. Kings at feasts. Kings fighting battles. I would have been a fine king, with my amazing strength.

GIBBON: Muscles are not always the answer. I would have been a finer king than you because I would rule with compassion and kindness.

WATER BUFFALO: What makes a fine ruler is strength of character. If I were king, nothing could make me give up.

GECKO: What about bravery? I would have been a great warrior who was fearless in battle.

ELEPHANT: Many qualities are necessary to be a good king—including strength, kindness, diligence, and bravery.

GIBBON: Where did you come from, Elephant? I did not see you sitting there.

ELEPHANT: Never mind. Go to the temple on that hilltop to find out if you are truly worthy to be king.

WATER BUFFALO: What temple? Do you mean that ruin over there?

GECKO: I have been all over this jungle, but I have never seen that ruin before.

TIGER: No matter. I shall beat you to the hill!

GIBBON: You will not get there before me!

WATER BUFFALO: I am determined to win!

GECKO: I will see you at the top!

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September 2020