Subskill: Reading Comprehension
Concept: Literary Text, Fables
Grade Level: Middle Elementary
There once lived a very rich couple who owned a large house. They had many servants to take care of their house, but it was very empty. They did not care to paint the walls or buy comfortable furniture. All they cared about was money! They spent every moment of every day counting their gold coins.
One day, as the couple was busy counting their gold, a servant came to tell them that lunch was ready. “We’re too busy!” said the husband. “The food will always be there.”
Later in the evening, the couple finally arrived at the table for something to eat. To their surprise, they found that all the food had turned into gold. The husband and wife were so excited, they jumped up and down and clapped their hands with delight.
The couple decided to celebrate with a special feast. The wife told the cook to prepare a meal for hundreds of guests. The cook nodded and went back into the kitchen.
A moment later, the cook came running back. What do you think had happened? All the groceries in the kitchen had turned into gold!
The husband hugged his wife and swung her around in a circle. “This is going to take months to count. We’ll just have to have the feast when the counting is done.”
The couple continued to count their gold day in and day out, week after week. They so loved the clinking sound of the gold coins that they forgot to eat or sleep. Each time the servants tried to bring groceries into the house from the outside, they immediately turned into gold.
No matter how hungry and sick the couple felt from not eating, they continued to count the gold coins. They eventually became so obsessed with their gold that they never stepped outside their home again.
Here are some questions to ask after listening to the story.
What do you think happened to the rich couple?
How would you feel if all your food turned to gold?
What is the moral of the story?