Grandma's table


   Once upon a time it was a weak old woman whose husband had died leaving her alone, so she lived with her son, her daughter-in-law and their daughter. Day after day her sight became obscured and her ear got worse. Sometimes, while the meal, her hands shook so much that the beans fell from the spoon and the soup was spilled. Her son and his wife were so upset for that, and one day, when the old woman spilled a glass of milk, they were determined to end the situation.

    They put her in a small table in a corner of the dining-room, near the broom cupboard, and the old woman must ate here. She sit alone, with tears in her eyes, looking them. Sometimes they spoke with her, but frequently it was to scold her for spill a bowl or drop a fork.

    One night, before the supper, the little girl was playing in the floor with her building blocks and her father ask about what she was doing.

    –I’m making a table for you and mommy– she said, smiling– to eat alone in the corner when I will be older.

    Her parents looked at her very surprised and started to cry. That night they returned the old woman her seat in the table. Since then, she ate with the rest of the family, and her son and daughter-in-law didn’t upset when she spilled something.

    Traditional story      

Instructions: Press one of the letters (a, b and c). The right answer will be in red.


1) With whom did the old woman live?            

a) With her grand-daughter, her son-in-law and her nephew

b) With her son, her daughter-in-law and her granddaughter

c) With her sons

2) Why did she spill the bowls?   

a) Because her hands shook

b) Because she dropped them  

c) Because they are small

3) What did the little girl build?

a) A chair

b) A robot toy    

c) Una mesilla.

4) At the end, where did the grandma return to eat?   

a) In the main table

b) In a corner   

c) In a little table


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