The Poor Porcupine

The poor porcupine was so poor that he had to stitch together the tears in his trousers using pine needles that he found on the forest floor. So poor that he couldn’t afford so much as a small nail to pin up a mirror on the door ! He was so poor that he had to ride in a shopping basket when he went to market, (he couldn’t afford a car – and anyway, if he could, he probably couldn’t have afforded the car park fees to park it !). The poor porcupine often skipped lunch … so next to all his friends, he was thinnest of the bunch. The poor porcupine never had any money … he even had to borrow a penny for a parasol – umbrella when the weather was sunny ! Lucily, the poor porcupine didn’t have a gas meter, since he really was such a penny – less creature ! He disappeared often in the woods, under the trees, and re – appeared with a “CRUNCH !”, as he rolled around in the leaves.

But his poverty didn’t bother the poor porcupine that much … he didn’t even care if he couldn’t afford to pay his laundry bills, when he got covered in slutch ! Because he suddenly developed a Midas touch ! Then he found, after rolling around on the ground, in mud, attached to his spikes were many riches from the wood. The poor porcupine especially liked going outside when the weather was damp – because then he acquired on his spikes, goodies left by a tramp !

Off the poor porcupine headed into town … there was a diamond on his belly when he looked down ! As he stomped along the street, he soon picked up lost coins, on his furry feet. Leaving footprints as he went, meant he soon had enough cash to pay the rent ! If the poor porcupine rolled over in the gutter, on his prickles, he soon had enough litter to pay for his lunchtime bread and butter. He picked up a lucky lottery ticket, dropped by a money spider when he’d had a flutter : yes, you guessed it … worth all the right numbers for a bonus hit ! Hoping that his good fortune wouldn’t run out, the poor porcupine regularly began to roll about, whenever he was out … it wasn’t long before he’d amassed enough loot, to fill a whole treasure chest in which jewels and riches could be put ! Life soon became considerably more blessed (the poor porcupine found that rolling around outside the bank on the high Street was best !). At first, it seemed that it was fool’s gold … but the poor porcupine picked up more than he could hold (and on the market, his treasure could be sold !). So the poor porcupine didn’t care if he got mucky – on his spikes he struck gold – he really was quite lucky ! All around his prickly collar – he stuck on three dimes, two nickels and a dollar. Whether the poor porcupine was just putting on weight, or whether it was just all the rubbish he’d collected at the park gate, there was no way of telling … when the poor porcupine re – appeared, it was with considerable swelling ! In fact, after an afternoon, basking in the Sun on the church wall, the porcupine could hardly be seen at all !


The Poor Porcupine’s Roll Over Jackpot

The values of each of the treasures picked up on the poor porcupine’s spikes are listed below. Write down as mathematical equations, as many different combinations of goods to make the poor porcupine into a millionaire. What would he need to pick up on his spikes ?

A can of fizzy pop – 35 p

A diamond – £50, 000

A ruby – £5, 000

A pearl – £10, 000

A bunch of flowers – £3.99

A chocolate – 25 p


Money Talks

In the story above, in what order did the poor porcupine pick up the following items ?

lost coins

a dollar

three dimes

lucky lottery ticket

a diamond

two nickels

riches from the wood

goodies left by a tramp

© Jacqueline Richards 2008

Answers :

Game 2 : riches from the wood ; goodies left by a tramp ; a diamond ; lost coins ; lucky lottery ticket ; three dimes ; two nickels ; a dollar.


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