The Jackal and the Sun Child

A Jackal  is a wild dog with a big black back. It resides in the desert. But how did the Jackal  get his black back? This was how it happened.

One day, the Jackal  saw a girl. She was sitting upon a rock. She was not a normal child. She was a rare and beautiful sun child. She was bright and warm like the sun. The child saw the Jackal  and smiled.

She said, “Jackal , I have been relaxing on this rock for too long. I must get home soon. But, I am slow and you fast. You will likely get me home more quickly.” Then she requested, “Will you carry me home? If you do, I’ll give you a gift. This necklace belongs to me, but i will give it to you.”

 The wild Jackal  agreed. So the sun child sat on the dog’s back. They started to walk. But soon, the Jackal  felt ill. The sun child was very hot on his back. The heat was hurting his back very badly. “I made a terrible error in judgment.” he thought. He shouldn’t have agrees to cray her. So he asked her to get off.

But she didn’t. The Jackal’s back continued to get hotter and hotter. He had to get away from the sun child. So he made a plan. First, he ran fast as he could. He hoped the sun child would full off. But she did not. So when the sun child was looking at the sky, not aware of the Jackal’s next plan, he jumped into a field of flowers. As a result, the child rolled off his back. The Jackal  ran away.

But the sun child left a mark on the Jackal’s back. a visible black mark. Even since his experience with the sun child, the Jackal  has had a black back.

 The Vocabulary

aware [əˈwer ] adj.

If you aware of something, you know about it.

I was not aware of the ringing phone.

badly [ˈbæ ] adv.

Badly means in a severe or harmful way.

He hurt his arm badly playing with friends.

belong [bɪ ˈlɑːŋ ] v.

If something belongs to you, you own it.

The blue suit belongs to Paul.

continue  [kənˈtɪn.juː] v.

To continue  something is to keep doing it.

She stood under her umbrella as the rain continued to fall.

error  [ˈer. ɚ ] n.

An error is something you do wrong.

I made an error on my report, so my boss was angry.

experience [ɪkˈspɪr.i . ə n t  s ] n.

An experience is something  you have seen or done.

Rock climbing was a fun experience.

field [fiːld ] n.

A field is a big area for a land.

The field of flowers looked so pretty.

hurt [hɝːt ] v.

To hurt is to do something that makes you feel pain.

She hurt her leg falling down the stairs.

judgment [ˈdʒʌdʒ.mənt ] n.

Judgment is the ability to form opinions or decisions.

It’s good judgment to recycle your aluminum cans.

likely [ˈlaɪ.kli ] adv.

If something likely happens, it will probably happen.

I will likely stay at home and watch TV tonight.

normal [ˈnɔːr .məl ] adj.

If something is normal, it is not strange or surprising to you.

Is is normal for me to bathe every night.

rare [ rer ] adj.

If something is rare, you do not see it very often.

It is rare for him to miss his flight.

relax [rɪˈlæks ] v.

To relax is to rest.

The frog relaxed in the warm sun.

request  [rɪˈkwest ] v.

To request  something is to ask for it.

 The little girl requested a special gift from Santa Claus.

reside [rɪˈzaɪd ] v.

To reside means to live somewhere permanently or for a long time.

My brother and his family reside in a lovely house on the beach.

result [rɪˈzʌlt ] n.

A result is something that happens because of something else.

As a result of all the rain, the man had to climb on the roof.

roll [roʊl ] n.

To roll is to move by turning over and over.

You must roll the ball into pains when you bowl.

since [sɪn t  s ] prep.

Since is used to talk about past event still happening now.

Since 1992, he has been driving that car.

visible [ˈvɪz.ɪ.bl ] adj.

If something is visible, it can be seen.

The moon and stars were visible in the night sky.

wild [waɪld ] adj.

If something is wild, it is found in nature.

You should be careful around a fox, because it is a wild animal.



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