This is a story based on the traditional Russian Folktale called "The Tails". I first encountered it when researching for my Culture research unit in the book called "Tales form Central Russia" by James Riordan. When hearing this story it is easy to thing that this might be an African story, but the African versions of tails include animals burning their tails and that way ending up with a short tail. On this version, the rabbit grabs a piece that fell off the cat's tail when fighting with the dog. The manipulatives are mostly found, some made and totally reusalbe for a different story.

Marshall, Bonnie. (Translated and retold by) THE SNOW MAIDEN AND OTHER RUSIAN FOLKTALES. A Russian folktale translaed and retold by Bonnie C. Marshall. 2004. 153 p. Libraries Unlimited, Westport,CT. $40.00 ISBN (156308998)

Riordan, James. TALES FROM CENTAL RUSSIA. Russian tales, Book 1.1976. 285 p. Kestrel Books, Harmondsworth, Middlesex, England. Out of Stock.$12.50 ISBN 0670691542.