"Deep in the middle of the woods”, said my mother, “is the place where the King of the Pumpkins lives." A young boy and his cat try and find out what - if anything - is true about his mother's stories.

King of the Pumpkins


Do the Preparation task first. Then go to Text and read the poem or story (you can also listen to the audio while you read). Next go to Task and do the activity.

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Task 1

Choose the correct answer to each question.


Task 2

Match the adjectives at the top to the person in the story they describe.






Playing with reality... This is what I like about this story and about life in general... :-)

thank you for a good and useful story.I wish all parents were as wise as that mother was. Her kid was independent, brave ,kind , inquisitive.Probably he (she) has made a good person.

Hi sir,please give answer of below sentence in simple word.
''power of positive thinking,empower you with a will power to succeed.power of negative thinking empower you with won't power to fail.

Hello yogesh,

I'm afraid I don't know what the answer is – I don't see a question here.

Best wishes,
The LearnEnglish Team

Hello sir,
my problem is,i can not understand properly below sentence.
''power of negative thinking empower you with won't power to fail.''
thank you.

Hello yogesh mani tripathi,

You are right not to understand this sentence as it is not grammatically correct! I would guess that the speaker wishes to say something like the following:

The power of negative thinking empowers you only with the power to fail.

This means that negative thinking does not give you the power to succeed and, by implication, that positive thinking gives you the power to succeed.

Best wishes,


The LearnEnglish Team

When I was a kid, in my town children told this tales on Halloween's night, or "All Saints Day", even though I don't remember all the details, as, the story was too long.

The Seaside Castle, lived a rich family with their two children, Marcos and Ana, and all the servants. One night, The seaside Castle caught fire for an unknown reason, and all family and servants died. Over time, The Seaside Castle was abandoned during two hundred years. After of this time, the castle was occupied by the army, and the story told that the army only passed one night in the castle, because in a tall tower, that it was the bedroom of the parents, there were the ghosts of all family, but nobody screamed, nobody ran, and nobody know what happened on the castle that night. The next day, the army abandoned the castle, and The Seaside Castle disappeared. Other children told that if you walked along of the coast on the night of Halloween might find the castle and see for yourself.

All children of neighbourhood knew this Halloween's story, at the time, we were very scared of this story, but today it's not very scary.

I think she's mentally depressed mother.
Moreover that may be the scarecrow there which she called the king of pumpkins.

It is a nice story ^ ^

In my opinion learning English language through the story is quite useful . the biggest advantage of this website and its story is that you can have a fun and also listen up to the audio and capture the correct pronunciation and get a gist of the text and guess the meaning of  new vocabularies  from the context . it is realy works and improve our vocabulary