Cherry and the Chair

A short story to practice the R-Colored vowel sound / ɛr / as in "chair."

Cherry and the Chair
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Once upon a time, in a small town named Cherryville, there was a little girl named Cherry. Cherry was known for her vibrant red hair that matched her name. She was a character full of life and loved to share her joy with everyone around her.

One day, Cherry’s parents gave her an errand to run. They asked her to carry a pair of chairs from her grandparent's house to their home. The chairs were old and worn out, but they held sentimental value as they had been in the family for many years.

On her journey, she came across a pear tree. Hanging from the branches were the most delicious looking pears she had ever seen. She decided to pick a pair of pears to compare their taste with the cherries of Cherryville.

Just as she was about to declare the winner of her little fruit tasting competition, she got a little scare. A bird flew out from the tree, causing Cherry to stumble and fall onto one of the chairs, breaking it further.

Feeling upset about the chair, Cherry decided to take it upon herself to repair it. She went to the library and read books about furniture repair. After days of hard work and determination, not only did she manage to repair the chairs, but she also made them look as good as new.

When Cherry returned home with the repaired chairs, her parents were amazed. They were proud of their daughter’s determination and resourcefulness. From that day forward, whenever anyone in Cherryville needed help with repairs, they knew exactly who to call - Cherry, the chair repair expert!

And so, Cherry found her calling in the most unexpected way. She learned that every task, no matter how small or big, is an opportunity to learn something new and make a difference.

Questions

  1. What is the name of the town where Cherry lives?
  2. Describe Cherry’s character.
  3. What errand did Cherry’s parents ask her to run?
  4. What did Cherry find on her journey to her grandparent’s house?
  5. How did Cherry learn to repair the chair?
  6. How did Cherry’s parents react when they saw the repaired chairs?
  7. Who do people in Cherryville call when they need help with repairs?
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