Once upon a time, there was a boy, Glen. He had green ﬁngers. He owned a garden, and it was the most beautiful in his town.
Everyone in the town loved ﬂowers, and the old king did, too. One day, he called for all the children and gave them a special task.
"Grow these seeds for me. The one with the prettiest ﬂowers will be our next king."
Glen planted the seeds in a pot and watered them every day, but nothing happened. Then he moved the seeds to a better pot and took care of them with different tools. Still nothing happened.
A month went by. All the kids' seeds turned into big ﬂowers, but Glen's didn't. The old king called for the children again. He looked at all the ﬂowers. Finally, he saw Glen's pot.
"Where are your ﬂowers?" the king asked.
"I did my best, but they didn't grow," said Glen.
The king laughed with joy. "Of course they didn't. I roasted the seeds. You're the only honest child here."
After that, Glen became the new king.
- pot [pɑt] n. 盆；壺
She just called Dan crazy. That was like the pot calling the kettle black.
- once upon a time [͵wʌns əˋpɑn ə͵taɪm]
Once upon a time, there was an evil king.
- have green fingers [hæv ͵grin ˋfɪŋgɚz]
Tracey has green fingers. She can grow anything.
- own [on] v.; adj.
Owning a coffee shop is my dream.
- town [taʊn] n.
Ron lives with his family in a small town in England.
- king [kɪŋ] n.
The old king is a smart man.
- task [tæsk] n.
This is an easy task. I can finish it tonight.
- grow [gro] v.
My mom grows tomatoes on the top floor.
- seed [sid] n.
Do you have any sunflower seeds?
- nothing [ˋnʌθɪŋ] pron.
Nothing's going to change my love for you.
- tool [tul] n.
Mr. Brown put the tool box under the chair.
- joy [dʒɔɪ] n.
Helping others brings her joy.
- call for [ˋkɔl fɚ]
The little kid is crying and calling (for) his mom.
- water [ˋwɔtɚ] v.
Remember to water the plants.
- go by [go ˋbaɪ]
Another week went by, and the police still couldn't find the boy.
- turn into [͵tɝn ˋɪntu]
Jeff turned the car into a robot.
- do one's best [ˋdu wʌnz ˋbɛst]
I did my best, but I still didn't win.