The North Wind and the Sun

Who is stronger, the North Wind or the Sun?

The Donkey and the Baskets of Salt

The donkey doesn’t like to carry the heavy baskets of salt. He gets a smart idea. Can he fool the merchant? Once upon a time, there was a merchant and a donkey. Every morning, the merchant took the donkey to the seaside and collected salt. He loaded salt into baskets and put them on theContinue reading “The Donkey and the Baskets of Salt”

The Milkmaid and Her Bucket

A milkmaid goes outside and walks into the barn. “Good morning, my dear cow,” she says. She takes a wooden bucket and milks the cow. As she milks the cow, she says, “This milk is good. It will make plenty of cream.” She stands up and pats the cow on its head. She continues, “AndContinue reading “The Milkmaid and Her Bucket”

The Seven Young Goats and the Wolf

This is a classic fairy tale. It was edited by Judy Shinohara for level 2 readers. Fairy Tale Fantasy. There was once an old goat who had seven little kids. She loved them all as much as any mother ever loved her children. One day the old goat wanted to go into the woods toContinue reading “The Seven Young Goats and the Wolf”

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – 7 – Thirties

Chapter 7 – Thirties One of the rumors, at least, was certainly not true. The wholesale hardware store was not a risky business. It profited amazingly. In the fifteen years between Benjamin Button’s marriage in 1880 and his father’s retirement in 1895, the family fortune was doubled – and this was largely due to Benjamin’sContinue reading “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – 7 – Thirties”

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – 5 – Twenty

Chapter 5 – Twenty In 1880, Benjamin Button turned twenty years old, and he started working for his father at Roger Button & Co., Wholesale Hardware. That same year, he began going out socially – that is, his father insisted on taking him to several fashionable dances. Roger Button was now fifty, so he andContinue reading “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – 5 – Twenty”

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – 6 – The Engagement

Chapter 6 – The Engagement Six months later, everyone heard the rumors of Miss Hildegarde Moncrief’s and Mr. Benjamin Button’s engagement. (I say “rumors” because Hildegarde’s father refused to announce it publicly. He said he would rather fall on a sword than announce it.) There was a feverish excitement in Baltimore, and everyone was talkingContinue reading “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – 6 – The Engagement”

The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – 4 – Eighteen Years Old

Chapter 4 – Eighteen Years Old I won’t say much about Benjamin Button’s life in his teenage years. They were normal years for a person who grows backwards. When Benjamin was eighteen, he looked about fifty. He had more hair and it was a dark gray. He walked confidently and his voice was strong andContinue reading “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button – 4 – Eighteen Years Old”