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When people are afraid of me,
I suddenly grow into a giant
and everybody runs away from me.
Giant and the Little Girl
There once was
a place where all the people were happy and content. Everyone
was friendly and neighborly. Even the dogs and cats played
Then one day a
stranger was seen walking toward the village: a tall, tall
stranger. As the stranger, who was a giant, came closer and
closer, the people all ran into their houses and wouldn't come
entered the village. He was enormous, towering over everything.
All of a sudden a little girl stepped out on her porch. She
jumped down from her porch. Her family yelled, "STOP! COME BACK!
That's a giant!" But she didn't stop. She began to walk toward
thing happened. As the child walked toward the giant, he grew
smaller and smaller. Soon he was the same size as the girl. As
she came beside the giant, she towered over him. She stooped
down and gently picked the giant up in her hands, asking,
"What's your name?"
whispered, "My name is F-E-A-R! Help me!! I have a terrible
problem. I guess I look strange. When I meet people they are
afraid of me. And when people are afraid of me, I suddenly grow
into a giant and everybody runs away from me. YOU are not afraid
of me, so I stayed small. Do you get it? It's crazy! Please help
"I can take
you for a walk through our village," the girl responded. "I want
everyone to hear of your problem. When they know the truth, they
will no longer be afraid of you. While we are going from house
to house you can look at me all the time, and then you will stay
the same size as you are now.
"But before we
go, let's change your name. What do you want to be called? YOU
should not be called FEAR, because YOU are not afraid. It's the
people who look at you who fear you. That's what causes you to
grow into a giant."
"Will you hold
my hand gently? If I get scared I'll shut my eyes. Oh, and will
you please call me PAL."
1. What happened after the
girl walked toward the giant?
2. What was the giant's
3. Why did the giant
4. How could the giant
stay the same size as other people?
5. What is the moral of