Big Rose and Little Rose

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Big Rose and Little Rose 1 Once there lived a poor woman and her two daughters, Big Rose and Little Rose. The girls were as different as day and night. While Little Rose was good and kind, Big Rose thought only of herself. 2 On their way to the marketplace one day, the sisters stopped to rest under a tree. While her sister napped, Little Rose went to pick some flowers. Suddenly, an old woman appeared. 3 “I’ve been wandering for days,” she said. “Won’t you please give me something to eat?” 4 Though she and her sister barely had enough for themselves, Little Rose reached into her satchel and handed the woman a piece of bread. 5 Unfortunately, Big Rose woke from her nap at the sound and saw her sister’s action. That little fool! she thought. What will she give away next? 6 “You are kindness itself,” the woman said. “So I will give you this kettle as a reward. It will make all the food you need. You don’t have to put in any food or use heat. Just say ‘Cook, kettle!’ when you want it to cook.” Then, in a whisper, she added, “You must say ‘Stop, kettle!’ when you want it to stop.” 7 A plan took shape in Big Rose’s mind. She scurried back to the tree. When she saw her sister running toward her, she began to moan. 8 “Ohhhhhh, I’m so ill, sister. I must go back!” 9 Little Rose had wanted to tell Big Rose her story, but obviously Big Rose was in too much pain. ™ © Advanced Assessment Systems/LinkIt! Duplication is restricted to licensees only. 10 “Since I’m going,” Big Rose said quickly, “I might as well take this old kettle you found.” And she snatched the kettle from her sister’s hands. 11 “Wait—!” cried Little Rose, but Big Rose was already on her way. 12 When Little Rose returned home, she was greeted by the sight of her sister standing outside their house, coated in oatmeal from head to toe. Oatmeal was streaming through the windows and bubbling out the chimney. 13 Little Rose knew what had happened. After all, she was not only kind, she was smart. ™ © Advanced Assessment Systems/LinkIt! Duplication is restricted to licensees only.

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