Badlands National Park is designing a new Junior Ranger Activity Book for children ages 5 through 8. Young artists, up to 13 years of age, are invited to assist with the development of the new book by participating in a drawing contest. Drawings that best illustrate the rattlesnake story, located below, will be included in the new book.
To enter the drawing contest, please read the story, “How the Rattlesnake Got His Rattle.” Draw a picture that best illustrates the story, according to the contest rules on the entry form, complete the entry form, and send the entry to Badlands National Park; Attn: Junior Ranger Drawing Contest; 25216 Ben Reifel Road; P.O. Box 6; Interior, SD 57750.
How the Rattlesnake Got His Rattle
If we told you the rattlesnake was one of the most well mannered critters you could meet, would you be surprised? Well, there was a time long ago, in a place not far from here, where a big snake used to have a lot of problems with the people who lived near him. It was very hard for him to be well mannered. Every day when he was sunning himself on his favorite dried up stream bed he would get disturbed by people passing by. Sometimes someone would accidentally stand on him and he would yell, “Ouch!” And bump them on the knee. Other times people would stick their hands in a hole he was sleeping in, and the snake would get a big fright, and yell, “Aarrgggh!!!”
So the people were unhappy because they kept getting scared and the snake was unhappy because he just couldn’t get peace to sleep.
So the snake decided to call a meeting with the people. Everyone was arguing. Some people shouted, “Take his teeth out!” Someone else yelled, “Tape his mouth shut!” Then the snake said, “Be quiet! I have an idea. I will wear a rattle on my tail and rattle it whenever anyone comes near me. But all people must agree to listen for my rattle and to keep away from me! I don’t want to be disturbed any more!”
So that is what happened. And since then the rattlesnake has politely warned people that he is near by rattling his tail and the people have politely left him alone to sleep in peace.