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The Princess on the Pea
Music: English Folksong
A fastidious prince felt he deserved a girl of royal refinement, and he certainly found one.

ONCE upon a time, a prince decided to find himself a princess, or rather (as he told himself) a real princess.

For the princesses of the neighbouring kingdoms were not at all what he imagined a princess should be, and soon he was quite discouraged.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: See. Notice. Watch.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Lie. Find. Stand.

Use together in one sentence: Heaven. Seem. Bedroom.

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The Ugly Duckling
Music: Sir William Sterndale Bennett
It’s not where you came from that matters, it’s where you belong.

A MOTHER duck hatched a fine family of ducklings. Except for one. He was late in coming, and uncommonly large. He swam beautifully, but - such an ugly duckling! Even his quack sounded strange.

All the ducks in the yard pecked him and shunned him. ‘How ugly he is!’ some cried. ‘Like a turkey!’, sniffed others.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Unless. Except.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Spring. Matter. Water.

Use together in one sentence: Fine. Towards. Glance.

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The Emperor’s New Clothes
Music: Sir George Macfarren
A telling satire on fashionable thinking among the elite.

ONCE upon a time, some weavers arrived at court, and offered to make robes so fine that only men fit for the very highest offices could even see them.

The Emperor paid them handsomely, and they set to work.

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Grammar and Composition

Distinguish using sentences: Tall. High.

Use as a noun and also as a verb: Pay. Offer. Make.

Use together in one sentence: Look. See. Hasty.

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