The Greedy Old Woman

There once was a greedy old woman. One night, a tired, hungry man came to her house. He asked for bread. The old woman baked a small loaf of bread.

However, it looked too big to give to the man. She made a smaller loaf instead. That one also looked too big. She didn’t want to give the man any bread.

Then the man got angry. He yelled at the woman, “You are very greedy! From now on, you will be a woodpecker. You will have to work very hard for your food.” He used magic. She became a bird and flew away.

Next time you see a woodpecker, think of the greedy old woman.

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Comprehension questions

1. What is the main idea of this passage?

2. How did the man feel when he came to the old woman’s house?

3. Why did the old woman bake a second loaf of bread?

4. The man was _____ because the old woman was _____.

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