"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


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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.






I think Hallowe'en is espcial night which kids wears something looke like ghosts!.
as we know people are not same they have different culture, so as Somalian we don't know Hallowe'en but we have some stories like "king of pumpkins"
this story named "dhag dheer" - long ears
onece upone time there was woman called 'dhag dheer' long ears, she was cannbil, she has one daugher, a day she said "my daugher i'm going to bring us sheep and boy, so heat the water" the daugher take her mother's order. after few time two girls come to the dougher and demanded for some water, she gave them and told the girs her mother is cannibal if the go, her mother can meet onthe way, she said " we have many rooms so both of you hide in last one and cover this gress, my mother will come the she will sleep, and don't come out untill her ear falt down because when she sleeps her ears falt down" they accepted and done.
Dhag dheer came with sheep and said " i'm so tired cook for us, but i'm feeling human smell! what are hiding for me?" "nothing, mother are you ging to eat for me today? no one else is hear" said the daughter
"ok cook for us i'm going to sleep" said the mother.
Dhag dheer slept her ears faldown. the girls came out, they poured the hot water through her ear, and she dead.
the girls came out with saying Dhag dheer is dead and the earth is peace!

Maria killherself because she felt dissapointment about everybody. She tried to talk with the persons but nobody listened to her, he passed for too many betrayals, and maybe she had problems with the persons because the was kind of stabborn, she always wanted to have reason in everything. She killherself in the restroom from her room, so the leaguend says that if you go to the house, you can hear her crying and yelling, don't try it, she can blow up and black you down! It is advisable to back down! I reccomend dont play the brave, and let her away!
Changing the subject, the story or tale called "King of the Pumpkins" was a little difficult to grasp! Maybe is because I tried to do the task without read the story, only listening but it's question to keep practising my listening. One sentence that appealed to me was when the kid say: ¿Whats is the different among a history and story? It could be that one is real and the other not.. It's true, but the stories can let you a message as well!

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.