advertise v.
To advertise is to tell people about something on TV, radio, etc.
→They used a rabbit to help them advertise their product.

assign v.
To assign something to someone is to tell them to do it.
→I assigned the worker an important task.

audience n.
An audience is a group of people who watch something together.
→There was a large audience at the game.

breakfast n.
Breakfast is the first meal of the day.
→eat breakfast at 8:00 every morning.

competition n.
A competition is a contest to see who is the best at something.
→He won the running competition over the weekend.

cool adj.
If the weather is cool, it is a little bit cold.
→The weather is cool in the fall.

gain v.
If you gain something, you get more of it.
→I gained some weight over the summer.

importance n.
Importance means the quality or condition of being needed or valued.
→VIPs are people of great importance.

knowledge n.
Knowledge is information that you have about something.
→music teacher should have good knowledge of music.

major adj.
If something is major, it is big or important.
→I have a major problem. My boss wants me to redo my project!

mean adj.
Mean describes someone who is unkind or cruel.
→My co-worker is a very mean person. He gets angry very quickly.

prefer v.
Ifyou prefer something, you want it more than something else.
→I prefer to take the path that will lead me to a bright future.

resident n.
A president is the leader of a country.
→The president of our country made an important announcement.

progress n.
Progress is the act of getting closer to doing or finishing something.
→Our company made financial progress this year.

respect n.
Respect is a good opinion of someone because they are good.
→I have great respect for firemen.

rich adj.
If you are rich, you have a lot of money.
→He’s rich. He can buy anything he wants.

skill n.
A skill is the knowledge and ability that allows you to do something well.
→A snowboarder must have the right skills to do well.

somehow adv.
Somehow means in a way or by some means which is not known.
→He somehow had to find a way to reach the life preserver.

strength n.
Strength is the physical power that you have.
→Exercising will increase your strength and give you more power.

vote v.
To vote is to officially choose between two or more things.
→I voted for Billy to be our class president.

How the World Got Light

The president of Darkland was a pig—a very bad pig. He was a pig of major importance. He was rich, and he had a lot of strength. But he was mean to all the animals in Darkland. He kept all of the world’s light in a bag. He preferred to keep the world cool and dark. He wanted to stop the progress of the city. The animals couldn’t work in the dark. He didn’t have any respect for them. “ Light is too good for them,” he said. “ Only I should have light.”

But the animals needed light. So they decided to hold a competition. They wanted to find the smartest animal in Darkland. That animal had to steal light from the president. They advertised the competition everywhere. All the animals came.

The animals all showed off their skills. The audience watched and then voted for the animal with the most knowledge. The winner was a tall bird named Raven. They assigned him the job of getting light.

The next morning, Raven ate breakfast and then left his home. “ How will I gain light from the president?” thought Raven. He needed to trick the president somehow. Then, Raven had an idea. Raven could make his voice sound like anything!

Raven walked up to the president’s door. He made the sound of a crying baby. He cried very loudly. Soon, the president opened the door.

“ Be quiet!” the president yelled. Right then, Raven quickly made his move. He flew by the pig and found the soft bag. He took it outside. The sun was inside the bag!

Raven flew high and put the sun in the sky. The president was very mad. Raven tricked him! But the other animals were very happy. At last, they had light—all because of Raven’s smart thinking.