Once upon a time, in a small prairie town, there lived a brave little prairie dog named Pogo. Pogo was known for his courage and quick thinking, and he was loved by all the animals in the town.
One day, a terrible storm hit the town. The wind was howling, and the rain was pouring down. The animals were all huddled together in their burrows, afraid of what might happen.
But Pogo was not afraid. He knew that he had to do something to save his town from danger. So, he put on his raincoat and hat, and set out into the storm.
Pogo bravely made his way through the wind and rain, determined to find a way to protect his town. As he walked, he came across a large tree that had fallen across the river, blocking the water from flowing.
Pogo knew that if the water couldn't flow, it would flood the town and cause even more damage. So, he quickly climbed onto the tree and began to gnaw at it with his sharp teeth.
It was hard work, but Pogo didn't give up. He kept gnawing and gnawing until finally, the tree broke apart and the water began to flow again.
The animals in the town cheered as they saw the water flowing freely once more. They knew that they were safe thanks to Pogo's bravery.
From that day on, Pogo was known as a hero in his town. He had saved them all from danger with his quick thinking and courage. And the animals knew that they could always count on him to be there when they needed him most.
Practice Speaking or Writing
- What is the name of the prairie dog who saves his town from danger?
- What kind of storm hit the town?
- How did the animals in the town react to the storm?
- What did Pogo do to save his town from danger?
- What was blocking the water from flowing in the river?
- How did Pogo remove the obstacle in the river?
- How did the animals in the town react to Pogo’s actions?
- Prairie: a large open area of grassland.
- Courage: the ability to do something that frightens one; bravery.
- Quick thinking: the ability to think and react to situations rapidly and effectively.
- Burrow: a hole or tunnel dug by a small animal, especially a rabbit, as a dwelling.
- Raincoat: a waterproof coat worn to protect the body from rain.
- Gnaw: bite at or nibble something persistently.
- Obstacle: a thing that blocks one’s way or prevents or hinders progress.
- Bravery: courageous behavior or character.
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