Lily Rescues the Pets

A short story about town where the pets start disappearing.

Lily Rescues the Pets
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Once upon a time, in a small town called Greenfield, there lived a young girl named Lily. She was a curious and adventurous girl who loved animals. One day, she noticed that many pets in her town were disappearing. She was very worried and decided to investigate the matter.
Lily started by asking her neighbors if they had seen any suspicious activity. She also put up posters around the town to raise awareness about the missing pets. However, nobody seemed to have any information about the missing pets.
One day, while walking her dog, Lily saw a man in a van driving around the neighborhood. The man looked suspicious, and Lily noticed that he had a cage in the back of his van. She followed the van and saw that it stopped at an abandoned house on the outskirts of town.
Lily decided to investigate further and went to the abandoned house. She saw that there were many cages inside, and all of them were filled with pets. She realized that this was where all the missing pets had been taken.
Lily quickly called the police, and they arrived at the scene soon after. They arrested the man and rescued all the pets from the abandoned house. The pets were returned to their owners, and Lily was hailed as a hero for solving the mystery of the missing pets.

Questions

  1. What is the name of the town where the story takes place?
  2. What is the name of the young girl in the story and what is her characteristic?
  3. What problem did Lily notice in her town?
  4. How did Lily start her investigation about the missing pets?
  5. What suspicious activity did Lily observe while walking her dog?
  6. Where were the missing pets found?
  7. Who did Lily call after discovering the missing pets and what was their response?
  8. How was Lily recognized after solving the mystery of the missing pets?

Vocabulary

  1. Greenfield: This is the name of a small town in the story. It’s not related to the color green or a field. It’s just a name.
  2. Curious: This means wanting to know or learn about something. Lily was curious, which means she liked to learn new things.
  3. Adventurous: This means willing to take risks or try out new things. Lily was adventurous, which means she liked to try new things and wasn’t afraid of challenges.
  4. Suspicious: This means causing one to have the idea or impression that something is questionable, dishonest, or dangerous. In the story, Lily thought the man in the van was suspicious because his behavior seemed strange and potentially harmful.
  5. Abandoned: This means left without needed protection or care. The house where the pets were found was abandoned, which means no one was living there or taking care of it.
  6. Cage: This is a structure of bars or wires in which birds or other animals are confined. In the story, the pets were kept in cages.
  7. Outskirts: This refers to the outer parts of a town or city. The abandoned house was on the outskirts of town, which means it was located at the edge of the town, away from the center.
  8. Hailed: This means to be publicly acknowledged as being great or worthy. Lily was hailed as a hero, which means people publicly recognized her bravery and problem-solving skills.
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