Gateway to the Classics: Primer by Franklin T. Baker
 
Primer by  Franklin T. Baker


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The Three Bears

Once there were three bears.

One was Father Bear.

One was Mother Bear.

One was Baby Bear.

This is Father Bear.


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Father Bear was big.

This is Mother Bear.


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Mother Bear was middle-sized.

This is Baby Bear.


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Baby Bear was little.

The three bears had three bowls.


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Father Bear's bowl was big.

Mother Bear's bowl was middle-sized.

Baby Bear's bowl was little.

The three bears had three chairs.


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Father Bear's chair was big.

Mother Bear's chair was middle-sized.

Baby Bear's chair was little.

The three bears had three beds.


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Father Bear had a big bed.

Mother Bear had a middle-sized bed.

Baby Bear had a little bed.

This is Goldenhair.


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Goldenhair went to the three bears' home.


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The three bears were not at home.

Father Bear was not at home.

Mother Bear was not at home.

Baby Bear was not at home.

Goldenhair went into the three bears' home.

There were the three bowls.


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There was soup in the three bowls.

Father Bear's bowl had soup in it.

Mother Bear's bowl had soup in it.

Baby Bear's bowl had soup in it.

Father Bear's soup was in the big bowl.

Father Bear's soup was too hot.

Mother Bear's soup was in the middle-sized bowl.

Mother Bear's soup was too cold.


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Baby Bear's soup was in the little bowl.

It was not too hot.

It was not too cold.

It was just right.

Goldenhair tasted the soup.

She tasted the soup in the big bowl.

It was Father Bear's soup.

It was too hot.

She tasted the soup in the middle-sized bowl.

It was Mother bear's soup.

It was too cold.

She tasted the soup in the little bowl.

It was Baby Bear's soup.

It was not too hot.

It was not too cold.

It was just right.

Goldenhair ate it all up.


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Goldenhair ate all Baby Bear's soup.

Then Goldenhair sat down.

She sat down in the big chair.


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It was Father Bear's chair.

It was too hard.

Then she sat down in the middle-sized chair.

It was Mother Bear's chair.

It was too soft.

Then she sat down in the little chair.

It was Baby Bear's chair.

It was just right.

She sat down in it too hard.

It was just a little chair.

She broke it down.

Goldenhair broke Baby Bear's little chair.

Goldenhair went up stairs.


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There were the three beds.

Father Bear's bed was a big bed.

Mother Bear's bed was a middle-sized bed.

Baby Bear's bed was a little bed.

Goldenhair lay down in Father Bear's bed.

It was too hard.

Then she lay down in Mother Bear's bed.

It was too soft.

Then she lay down in Baby Bear's bed.

It was not too hard.

It was not too soft.

It was just right.

Goldenhair went to sleep in it.


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Then the three bears came home.

There were the three bowls.

Father Bear looked into the big bowl.


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Mother Bear looked into the middle-sized bowl.

Baby Bear looked into the little bowl.

Father Bear looked into the big bowl.

"Somebody has been eating my soup," said Father Bear.

Mother Bear looked into the middle-sized bowl.


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"Somebody has been eating my soup," said Mother Bear.

Baby Bear looked into the little bowl.

"Somebody has been eating my soup," said Baby Bear.

"Somebody has eaten my soup all up."


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Then the bears looked at the three chairs.

Big Father Bear said, "Somebody has been sitting in my chair."

Middle-sized Mother Bear said, "Somebody has been sitting in my chair."

Little Baby Bear said, "Somebody has been sitting in my chair.

Somebody has broken down my little chair."

Then the bears went up stairs.

There were the three beds.

Father Bear looked at the big bed.

Father Bear said, "Somebody has been lying in my bed."

Mother Bear looked at the middle-sized bed.

Mother Bear said, "Somebody has been lying in my bed."

Baby Bear looked at the little bed.

Baby Bear said, "Somebody has been lying in my bed.

Somebody is lying in my bed now."

Father Bear ran to Baby Bear's bed.

Mother Bear ran to Baby Bear's bed.


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Goldenhair sat up in the bed.

She saw little Baby Bear.

She saw middle-sized Mother Bear.

Then she saw big Father Bear.

Goldenhair ran down stairs.

She ran and ran and ran.

She ran all the way home.


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