Pumpkin Troubles – The Adventures of Peterkin

The Adventures of Peterkin by Gilly Bear. Chapter 1 – Pumpkin Troubles This story has been rewritten for Level 2 English learners to enjoy. Do you know Peterkin? He was the little boy who lived inside a pumpkin. Why did he live there? I don’t remember why. But I imagine that it is terrible toContinue reading “Pumpkin Troubles – The Adventures of Peterkin”

I’m a Bookworm 私は本の虫

Isn’t it interesting? The English and Japanese languages have the same expression for “bookworm.” The Japanese expression is 本の虫. It directly translates to “book insect.” In French, their word translates to “ink drinker.” In German, their word translates to “reading rat.” I love the creative words that each language has for bookworms.  But I haveContinue reading “I’m a Bookworm 私は本の虫”

The Gift of Love

She knows the perfect gift for her husband, but she doesn’t have enough money. What will she sacrifice to buy the gift? This short story has been rewritten from O. Henry’s “The Gift of The Magi.” The Gift of Love I count my money. 32 dollars and 87 cents. That is all. For a longContinue reading “The Gift of Love”

The Neighbor’s Scream

A wife and husband eat dinner together. Suddenly, they hear a scream. Their neighbor is in danger. “You are my hero,” Mary says to her husband. “Be careful!” Mary looks up at her husband. He is standing on a chair. “Oh no. I can’t watch!” she says. She covers her eyes with her hands. HerContinue reading “The Neighbor’s Scream”

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”