Six-year-od Annette, attending the SOS Kindergarten in Bakoteh, The Gambia
"If I was an animal, I would be a lion because the lion is the king of all animals in the jungle. All other animals respect him. The lion does not tolerate nonsense from other animals. Even human beings are afraid of the king of the jungle. It can walk anywhere in the jungle without fear and no one dares to cross his territory. The things that are so special about the lion are the way it roars and jumps on other animals when it hunts."
Seven-year-old Ousainou, attending grade 1 at the SOS Hermann Gmeiner Lower Basic School in Bakoteh, The Gambia
"If I was an animal I would be a parrot. I would be very happy because I love to see birds fly, and as a parrot I would also be flying up to the sky, into the clouds and all over the world. Early in the morning, I would be singing up in the trees. Parrots are special because they learn to giggle and talk like human beings. They love everyone and they are not harmful to human beings or animals."
"If I was an animal I would be an elephant because it is so big and powerful and it doesn't have enemies in the jungle. Even the lion, the king of the jungle does not get close to an elephant. I would rather say the elephant is the queen of the jungle. It's so powerful that when it steps on an insect or a reptile it crushes it at once. If I could change to being an elephant, I would be queen of the jungle!"
Seven-year-old Julietta, attending the SOS Kindergarten in Bakoteh, The Gambia
Seven-year-old Michael, attending grade 1 at the SOS Hermann Gmeiner Lower Basic School in Bakoteh, The Gambia
"If I was an animal, I would like to be a dog because a dog does not allow unknown or evil people to enter its master's compound. A dog cares for its owner: when its owner is going out, it usually accompanies him, and they walk side by side and if an enemy is trying to attack its master it will bark. One special thing about the dog is that even in a big crowd it would always looks for its master, and it wags its tail when it's happy!"