Needle In The Haystack

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In the field next to Jack’s beanstalk, was a haystack, that was almost as tall as Jack’s beanstalk itself. When Farmer Giles had been out harvesting, that is where he took a break, looking through his binoculars at what birds he could see on the lake. Sometimes, it was well after two, when he awoke from his afternoon snooze. But this day, he didn’t get much sleep at all – when he sat down in the pile of hay “OUCH !”, he cried, as something sharp got in the way. Farmer Giles jumped up – perhaps it was a bee ? or even a hidden pitchfork, that had been forgotten accidentally. Although he took a closer look, there was nothing at all to suggest what had been stuck. So he sat down again until … “OUCH “, he cried out again in pain. What was it that put him in such a spin ? Yes – you guessed it : a shiny, new pin. Mrs. Giles, the farmer’s wife, came along to help get it out with her knife. By now, Farmer Giles was in quite a fluster – summoning up all the courage that he could muster. He put on a plaster and a bit of ointment, too … then went to the hospital, where there stitched him (and his denim dungarees !) back together just like new.

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Hey ! Hey ! Hey !

Should it be “h -e – y” or “h – a – y” inside these words ?

1. T __ __ __ arrived early.

2. “__ __ __ – watch out”.

3. He was quite a c __ __ tt __ person.

4. T __ __ __ ‘re not good friends.

5. The pitchfork was in the __ __ __ stack.

6. She __ __ stil __ put on her coat.

7. T __ __ __ ‘ll never come back here again.

8. Little Miss Muffet ate cuds and w __ __ __ .

9. He lived in a s __ __ nt __ town.

10. The road veered s __ __ rpl __ left.

© Jacqueline Richards 2008 Answers :

1. They arrived early.2. “Hey – watch out”.

3. He was quite a chatty person.

4. They’re not good friends.

5. The pitchfork was in the haystack.

6. She hastily put on her coat.

7. They’ll never come back here again.

8. Little Miss Muffet ate cuds and whey.

9. He lived in a shanty town.

10. The road veered sharply left.

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