English short stories for elementary level

The United Kingdom is full of amazing cities, market towns and villages. Here are the top 10 places to live and raise your family.

Chelmsford was granted city status in 2012. Since then, the railway stations were repaired. Also, the old Angela Ruskin’s city campus is built as 645 homes, shops and offices. There are many excellent state schools, for example, Sandon School and the Boswells. Most families look for city centre houses because of walking distance of the schools and the station.

Chelmsford is close to Colchester and London. When you want to go to Liverpool you spend 30-40 minutes. There are also some picturesque areas around the city including the flint cathedral, canals and parks.   

English short stories for elementary


Amazing- extremely surprising

Grant- to give or allow someone or something, usually in an official way

Campus- the buildings of a college or university and the land that surrounds them

Look for- to try to find something or someone        

Picturesque- (especially of a place) attractive in appearance, especially in an old-fashioned way

English short stories for elementary level

Jupiter  And The Monkey

Jupiter  And The Monkey-English short stories for elementary level

A poor Woodman was cutting down a tree near the edge of a deep pool in the forest. It was late in the day and the Woodman was tired. He had been working since sunrise and his strokes were not so sure as they had been early that morning. Thus it happened that the axe slipped and flew out of his hands into the pool.

The Woodman was in despair. The axe was all he possessed with which to make a living, and he had not money enough to buy a new one. As he stood wringing his hands and weeping, the god Mercury suddenly appeared and asked what the trouble was. The Woodman told what had happened, and straightway the kind Mercury dived into the pool. When he came up again he held a wonderful golden axe.

“Is this your axe?” Mercury asked the Woodman.

“No,” answered the honest Woodman, “that is not my axe.”

Mercury laid the golden axe on the bank and sprang back into the pool. This time he brought up an axe of silver, but the Woodman declared again that his axe was just an ordinary one with a wooden handle.

Mercury dived down for the third time, and when he came up again he had the very axe that had been lost.

English short stories for elementary level

The poor Woodman was very glad that his axe had been found and could not thank the kind god enough. Mercury was greatly pleased with the Woodman’s honesty.

“I admire your honesty,” he said, “and as a reward you may have all three axes, the gold and the silver as well as your own.”

The happy Woodman returned to his home with his treasures, and soon the story of his good fortune was known to everybody in the village. Now there were several Woodmen in the village who believed that they could easily win the same good fortune. They hurried out into the woods, one here, one there, and hiding their axes in the bushes, pretended they had lost them. Then they wept and wailed and called on Mercury to help them.

And indeed, Mercury did appear, first to this one, then to that. To each one he showed an axe of gold, and each one eagerly claimed it to be the one he had lost. But Mercury did not give them the golden axe. Oh no! Instead he gave them each a hard whack over the head with it and sent them home. And when they returned next day to look for their own axes, they were nowhere to be found.

Honesty is the best policy.

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