From among all the birds, the mallard princess chooses an elegant peacock. But in spreading his feathers and dancing to show off his beauty, the peacock reveals his prideful nature. When the mallard princess rejects him and chooses a more suitable mate, the peacock's once lovely voice becomes the hoarse cry of dismay uttered by all peacocks to this day.
Revised, with parents and teachers corner.
A Jataka tale illustrated by Rosalyn White