Once upon a time, there was a little rat. His fur was the color of dust and his nose was always twitching from excitement. While the rest of his neighboring animals were graceful and pretty, his looks caused fear, especially with that red scar across his face.

However, what he lacked in appearance, he made up in talent. He could sing better than the most sweet-voiced nightingale. His voice, unfortunately, wasn’t appreciated by anyone else since the other animals couldn’t stand the sight of him.

His big chance finally came in the form of a talent contest. His hairless tail was wagging with happiness as he made his way to the competition site. The line for the contestants was endless and he waited for days before his turn finally arrived. He began making his way inside when he picked up some whispers from behind him.

“Look at that ugly rat. I feel sick just staring at him.”

“What is he doing here? He doesn’t belong at a talent show.”

“I bet his talent is being gross.”

The words flew into his ears as his eyes watered. He needed to get out of there quick. He didn’t want to hear any more. His legs, however, didn’t let him move.

His tiny hands slapped his face, instantly bringing him back to his usual self. These animals had their opinions but so did he. And he, in contrast, believed that it didn’t matter how he looked. He could still win over everyone’s heart with just his melodic voice.

He walked through the tall giraffes and the elegant Persian cats with his head held up high until he stood in front of the microphone and opened his mouth.

A standing ovation. Those were the only words that could describe the audience’s response to his performance. Every single animal was cheering, begging to hear one more song.

The little ugly rat looked straight into the judges’ eyes as they clapped louder than anyone else. He had done it; he had the courage and held on till the end. And it was worth it.

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Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe(@eric-radcliffe)
2 years ago

Hi Katy, don’t we all feel like the rat in your story at times! We all have our own challenges. I love the way your story depicts self belief.

Fuji
Fuji(@fuji)
2 years ago

Such a sweet tale – and with a good moral to the story. I thought it was a little like a modern-day addition to Aesop’s fables. Wasn’t Aesop also a Greek storyteller?

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Leena Auckel
Leena Auckel(@leena-auckel)
2 years ago

Inspirational piece. Am glad you picked the rat to be the protagonist in your story, and a rat which beats all odds for that matter. Nice to read a story where the rat isn’t the bad guy.

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Lyric The Great
Lyric The Great(@lyric-the-great)
2 years ago

Wow! This is a good story! Really good to read to little kids, the moral of the story is great. I’ll read this to my younger family members (one of which is in my profile pic)! You should write more stories like these and publish a book of them all. It would probably be successful. I would definitely refer it! : D

musing mind
musing mind(@musing-mind)
2 years ago

Your story inspired me to keep going no matter how discouraging it gets. At times I feel like the same “rat” you have mentioned in your story.

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Sandra James
Sandra James(@sandra-james)
2 years ago

A beautiful story! I was reminded of seeing Paul Potts and Susan Boyle on Britain’s Got Talent. Sniggering in the audience, judges’ frowns…then, magic! I still get goose bumps thinking of them again when I read your story. I think it would make a lovely children’s book, one that adults would also love 🙂

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Thompson Emate
Thompson Emate(@thompson-emate)
2 years ago

A really nice one with a wonderful story line. I can see why this was picked from the midst of others. Well done.

Christer Norrlof
Christer Norrlof(@christer-norrlof)
1 year ago

In my neighboring country Denmark, we have the classical storyteller Hans-Christian Andersen. Your sweet story reminds me of his fairy tale called The Ugly Duckling. In a charming way, you tell the story about an animal who stands up for himself and beats the odds. Very inspiring!

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Eric Radcliffe
Eric Radcliffe(@eric-radcliffe)
1 year ago

Hi Katy, it really does add an extra dimension to hear your story read aloud – I enjoyed this reading by Leena. Eric.

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Leena Auckel
Leena Auckel(@leena-auckel)
Reply to  Katy Bizi
1 year ago

Thank you Katy… I liked your inspiring story so much that I had to read it aloud.

Mary Kot
Mary Kot(@mary-kot)
1 year ago

I wish all of us were more like this little mouse! His confidence and courage are really remarkable and I hope we all learn a lesson from this story!

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Mary Kot
Mary Kot(@mary-kot)
Reply to  Katy Bizi
1 year ago

That is really inspiring!

Panos Bizi
Panos Bizi(@panos-bizi)
1 year ago

All of us happen to get involved in a similar situation and, like the little hero, we have to find the courage to fight our way out of the tough situation. Congratulations on a beautifully written story!

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Andrew Carter
Andrew Carter(@andrew-carter)
1 year ago

An inspirational story, Katy, and a well-deserved win. The title resonates for all who rise above exterior interpretations with patience and creativity. I’ve kept this story as a template to learn from, so I can write to both children and adults, at once.

Crystal Cel.
Crystal Cel.(@crystal-cel)
1 year ago

How I wish I could be like the rat. Perhaps we can all try to be a bit more like the little hero. Then, all of us will become better people.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
1 year ago

Such a lovely tale, that clearly emphasized courage. I wish I had a talent and courage like this rat. It is a very nice story to read at night to my children. Good job Katy.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Katy Bizi
1 year ago

They enjoyed it, Katy. But I made a little translation to our native language so that they can understand and be inspired.

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Lotchie Carmelo
Lotchie Carmelo(@lotchie-carmelo)
Reply to  Katy Bizi
1 year ago

You’re welcome, Katy. Your story is worth sharing.

Julie Harris
Julie Harris(@julie-harris)
1 year ago

Katy, I have been so impressed with your comments, which are insightful and full of wisdom, that I looked up your Star page. There I found a wealth of stories including this little gem. Lovely story!

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Juma
Juma(@juma)
Reply to  Katy Bizi
1 year ago

Hello again Katy. I just listened to your story, read by the amazing @Leena Auckel. What a treat! I hope you will write more stories like this, and have Leena read them.

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