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The Twelve Months

An awful woman lived with her daughter and stepdaughter in her household. She possessed feelings of hate for her stepdaughter, Anna. Anna worked while her stepsister did nothing. On a cold January night, Anna’s stepmother remarked, “Your stepsister desires flowers. Go and find some.”

Anna wasn’t anxious to walk through the chilled landscape. The cold air made her lungs burn. She walked at a slow pace because of the snow. Soon she saw a group of people. It consisted of twelve men. Anna told them about the flowers.

One of the men said they were the twelve months and that they would help Anna. January walked to her and made a motion with his hand. The days of the month passed rapidly until it was February’s turn. February also made the month speed up. Then March made the sunshine and flowers grew in the field.

Anna loaded her basket with so many flowers that she could hardly lift it. Then she gave a quick but polite “thank you” to the twelve men and returned home.

She was very eager to show her stepmother all the flowers. Back at the house, she spilled the flowers onto the table. Then she told her stepmother about the twelve men. Anna’s stepmother and stepsister went to seek the twelve months. Their intent was to ask for gifts. They looked and looked. They became very lost and never found their way home. Anna lived happily by herself.


KeyWords

anxious
When a person is anxious, they worry that something bad will happen.
She was anxious about not making her appointment on time.

awful
When something is awful, it is very bad.
Her performance last night was awful.

consist
To consist of is to be made of parts or things.
Today’s choices for lunch consisted of pizza, hamburgers, and hot dogs.

desire
To desire is to want something.
My sister desires a big house and lots of money.

chilled
cold
It's a chilled weather.

eager
When a person is eager about something, they are excited about it.
The man was eager to talk about the good news.

household
A household is all the people who live in one house.
Our household is made up of my father, my mother and me.

intent
An intent is a plan to do something.
Her intent is to visit Italy next summer.

landscape
A landscape is how an area of land looks.
The landscape of the country is very green.

lift
To lift something is to move it higher.
The man tried to lift the box.

load
To load is to put objects into something.
The man loaded the boxes into a truck.

lung
A lung is the organ in the body that fills with air when breathing.
Having strong lungs is necessary for a healthy life.

motion
A motion is a movement that someone makes.
The police officer made a motion with his hand.

pace
The pace of something is the speed at which it happens.
I ran the race at a slower pace than my friend.

polite
When someone is polite, they are acting in a thoughtful way.
The boy was very polite, he behaved very thoughtfully.

possess
To possess something is to have it or own it.
My uncle possesses three sheep, a chicken, a cow and a dog.

rapidly
When something happens rapidly, it happens very fast.
The train moved rapidly on the tracks.

remark
To remark is to say something.
The teacher remarked on how quickly the students were learning.

seek
To seek is to look for something.
If I have a problem, I seek my sister’s advice.

shine
To shine is to make a bright light.
The candles are shining in the dark room.

spill
To spill is to have something fall out of its container.
I spilled the coffee on the table.
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Reference: 4000 Essential English Words
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