THE KING'S BIRTHDAY
The king's birthday was almost here and the kingdom was preparing for his
royal birthday party.
The day before the party, his royal servant, Toby, asked
the king what he would most like for his birthday. The people of the kingdom
wanted to bring some gifts to the party, but they didn't know what the king
wanted. So the king thought about it for a moment and told Toby four things he
would most like to see on his birthday. Toby quickly wrote them down and ran out
of the castle to share the list with the people of the kingdom.
on his way out of the castle, the list fell into a puddle and when he looked at
the list, most of the words were gone and only parts of each word were readable!
didn't know what to do…Toby couldn't remember the items on the list, the king
would be away for the rest of the day and there would be no way to ask him for
the list again!
So, Toby dried off the list and continued to the
center of town to speak with the townspeople.
The townspeople ran up to Toby
when they saw him.
"Did you ask him, Toby?" "What would he like
for his birthday?" "What would he like us to bring for him?"
sighed and looked very sad as he told them what had happened.
"Well," Toby finally said, "maybe we can
work together to figure this out."
Everyone watched as the Toby took a new piece of paper and numbered it from 1 to 4.
He copied the
letters that were left on the old sheet of paper. He left blanks for the letters
couldn't be read.
This is what the new list looked like:
1) T_ _ TH _ _ _ SH
B _ _ D
3) U _ _ R _ L L A
4) _ _ _ _ N _ S
A little boy looked at the list
and then asked Toby, "Can you remember what the king said about any of these words, Toby?"
"Well…, "said Toby as he took moment and tried very hard to
remember. " I do remember that the first word had to
do with staying healthy and keeping his teeth clean."
Look at Item 1 on the
list and think of what Toby just said…can you guess what it might be?
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