If you do not seem to be busy reading or learning something this summer your mother may find extra homework for you. What can you read this summer that will avoid extra homework? To help you, there is an English story being told on Ming Pao Life. (link.mingpao.com/63795.htm) This summer I will read you the eighth chapter of The Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingalls Wilder.
Of course the story is slightly edited to make it easier to understand. Unlike some simplified books, I do not shorten or change the story. This online story is edited to make it easier for learners of English. It is the whole story and does not cut out any interesting parts.
Eight summers ago I read you chapter one. The story is about a little girl, named Laura, and her family. She grew up in the American wilderness long ago, when America was a wild country without computers, electricity, telephones or cars. Her family lived in a little log house in a big forest. They had to grow or hunt all their own food. In the first chapter we learned about life in the forest and the games they played.
In the fourth chapter it was Christmas. However their family Christmas was very different from our modern shopping holiday. Their conservative values and real poverty limited the way they celebrated Christmas.
The fifth chapter was about a typical Sunday and Laura's family were puritanical Christians. Her parents and grandparents were very strict about what must be done, and what must not be done, on Sunday.
In the sixth chapter Laura's family had trouble with bears in the forest. Bears are dangerous if not dealt with correctly. Do not feed bears or other dangerous animals in the wild.
Last summer's chapter, chapter 7, was a happy chapter. It was spring and the maple syrup could be harvested. Maple syrup was one of the few types of sweet food that Laura's family had.
In this summer's chapter, Laura is going to a big family party at Grandfather and Grandmother's house. The party is to celebrate getting so much maple syrup. Since they live in the forest, they do not meet other people very often. This party will be a big event.