The Tale of Mr. Jeremy Fisher

- By Beatrix Potter
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Helen Beatrix Potter (/ˈbiːətrɪks/,[1] US /ˈbiːtrɪks/,[2] 28 July 1866 – 22 December 1943) was an English writer, illustrator, natural scientist and conservationist; she was best known for her children's books featuring animals, such as The Tale of Peter Rabbit. Born into an upper-middle-class household, Potter was educated by governesses and grew up isolated from other children. She had numerous pets and spent holidays in Scotland and the Lake District, developing a love of landscape, flora and fauna, all of which she closely observed and painted.
Once upon a time, in a beautiful pond, there was a frog called Mr. Jeremy Fisher. He lived at the edge of a pond in a little damp house lined by buttercups. 
Mr. Jeremy liked his little damp house and loved getting his feet wet. Nobody scolded him for getting wet, and he never caught a cold!
He looked out of the window. He was pleased as he saw large drops of rain splashing in the pond. 
"I will go fishing and catch minnows for my dinner," said Mr. Jeremy Fisher. "If I catch more than five fish, I will invite my friends Mr. Alderman Ptolemy Tortoise and Sir Isaac Newton. The Alderman, however, eats salad."
Mr. Jeremy Fisher put on a Macintosh, and a pair of shiny galoshes. With his rod and basket, he set off to the place where he kept his boat.
He reached the place where he knew he could catch Minnows and settled himself cross-legged and arranged his fishing tackle
The rainwater trickled down his back. He sat there for an hour but could not catch anything. 
He sat among the water reeds and ate his lunch. Suddenly he felt a  tug on his fishing tackle. But to his surprise and horror, instead of a smooth fat minnow, he saw Jack Sharp, the stickleback, covered with spines! The stickleback struggled for a while before jumping back into the water.  The Shoal of fishes who were watching laughed at poor Mr. Jeremy Fisher.
As Mr. Jeremy sat there disappointed, the most FRIGHTFUL thing happened. An enormous trout came up, caught him and ker- pflop-p-p-p! With a splash— and it seized Mr. Jeremy and dived to the bottom of the pond. 
But, the trout which first bit the Macintosh didn't quite like it and the only thing it ate was Mr. Jeremy's goloshes.
MR. JEREMY was able to bounce up to the surface of the water. 
He scrambled out on the bank and hopped back home across the meadow
"What a mercy!" cried Mr. Jeremy Fisher. "I lost my rod and my basket. I will never go fishing again!"
When his friends came to dinner, he could not offer any fish. But he had something else for them in his larder.  Instead of a 
dish of minnows, they feasted on a roasted grasshopper with lady-bird sauce. Frogs consider a beautiful treat, but I think it must have been nasty!

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Word Lists:

Larder : a room or large cupboard for storing food.

Shiny : (of a smooth surface) reflecting light, typically because very clean or polished

Trickle : (of a liquid) flow in a small stream

Damp : slightly wet

Nasty : highly unpleasant, especially to the senses; physically nauseating

Bounce : (of an object, especially a ball) move quickly up, back, or away from a surface after hitting it; rebound (once or repeatedly)

Scold : remonstrate with or rebuke (someone) angrily


Additional Information:

Rating: A

Words: 428

Unique Words : 209

Sentences : 49

Reading Time : 1:54

Noun : 151

Conjunction : 32

Adverb : 25

Interjection : 0

Adjective : 26

Pronoun : 50

Verb : 68

Preposition : 38

Letter Count : 1,765

Sentiment : Positive

Tone : Conversational

Difficult Words : 87

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