anymore adv. /ˌen.iˈmɔːr/
Anymore means any longer.
→Her old pants don’t fit her anymore.

asleep adj. /əˈsliːp/
When a person is asleep, they are not awake.
→The baby has been asleep for hours.

berry n. /ˈber.i/
A berry is a small round fruit that grows on certain plants and trees.
→ The berry looked delicious.

collect v. /kəˈlekt/
To collect things is to group them together all in one place.
→I collected shells when I was younger.

compete v. /kəmˈpiːt/
To compete is to try to be better than someone.
→He will compete with very good athletes.

conversation n. UK ​ /ˌkɒn.vəˈseɪ.ʃən/ US ​ /ˌkɑːn.vɚˈseɪ.ʃən/
A conversation is a talk between people.
→There were two conversations going on at once.

creature n. UK ​ /ˈkriː.tʃər/ US ​ /ˈkriː.tʃɚ/
A creature is any living thing.
→The creature we saw today was either a dolphin or a porpoise.

decision n. decision
A decision is a choice.
→He made the wrong decision.

either conj. UK ​ /ˈaɪ.ðər/ /ˈiː.ðər/ US ​ /ˈiː.ðɚ/ /ˈaɪ.ðɚ/
Either is used with “or” to say there are two or more possibilities.
→You can choose to be either white or black when you play chess.

forest n. UK ​ /ˈfɒr.ɪst/ US ​ /ˈfɔːr.ɪst/
A forest is a place with lots of trees and animals.
→I love to go walking in the forest.

ground n. /ɡraʊnd/
The ground is the top part of the Earth that we walk on.
→The ground under our feet was dry and brown.

introduce v. UK ​ /ˌɪn.trəˈdʒuːs/ US ​ /ˌɪn.trəˈduːs/
To introduce someone or something is to say who they are.
→I introduced myself to our newest co-worker today.

marry v. UK ​ /ˈmær.i/ US ​ /ˈmer.i/
To marry is to legally become husband and wife.
→Rose and Henry were married, and they lived happily.

prepare v. UK ​ /prɪˈpeər/ US ​ /prɪˈper/
To prepare is to get ready for something.
→I prepared my speech to the class.

sail v. UK ​ /seɪl/ US ​ /seɪl/
To sail is to move a boat on the water.
→I love to sail my boat on the lake.

serious adj. UK ​ /ˈsɪə.ri.əs/ US ​ /ˈsɪr.i.əs/
When something is serious, it is bad or unsafe.
→The accident was very serious.

spend v. /spend/
To spend is to use time doing something or being somewhere.
→I like to spend my free time fishing.

strange adj. /streɪndʒ/
When something is strange, it is not normal.
→Joe had a strange look on his face after he saw what happened.

truth n. /truːθ/
The truth is a fact or something that is right.
→He was telling the truth about seeing a large green snake.

wake v. /weɪk/
To wake is to not be sleeping anymore.
→He is always full of energy when he wakes in the morning.


Princess Rose and the Creature

There was once a beautiful princess named Rose. Her mother, the queen, however, was not as beautiful as the princess. The queen felt bad that she was not the most beautiful woman in the kingdom anymore. She was tired of competing with her daughter. She made a decision. She prepared a drink for the princess.

After the princess drank it, she fell asleep. Then the queen took the princess to the forest. She left the princess there. It was a very serious thing to do. “Either she will be killed by animals or she will get lost in the forest,” the queen thought.

The princess had a dream. She dreamed about a man with brown hair and brown eyes. It was the man she would wed. The princess woke up. She saw a strange creature on the ground. It looked like a man, but he was hairy and green. He had horns on his head and a pig’s nose. The creature said, “Did I scare you? I hope not. Let me introduce myself. I am Henry.” “I am not scared. To tell you the truth, I think you are cute,” said Rose.

Rose and Henry spent the day together. They collected berries, caught fish, and had lunch. They had a very good day filled with nice conversations. “Rose, I have to go home,” said Henry. “My ship will sail home soon. I can’t leave you here in the forest alone. Will you come with me?”

Rose was very happy. She gave Henry a kiss right on his pig nose. As soon as she kissed Henry, he began to change. His pig nose turned into a man’s nose. His horns and green hair went away. Standing in front of her was the man Rose had dream about. Rose and Henry were married, and they lived happily.