Bitter Candy

Mama Acorn was sweeping the steps on the front porch. It was a beautiful autumn day. She was humming a song while she was sweeping. She didn’t notice the monster that was standing at the bottom of the oak tree she and her family lived in.

While she was sweeping the steps, Mama Acorn tripped on one of Baby Acorn’s toys. She tumbled to the ground. She landed in a pile of leaves so she wasn’t hurt.

The monster saw her. He thought she looked like a piece of candy, so he bent over and picked her up.

“What are you doing?” screamed Mama Acorn. “Please don’t hurt me.”

“I want to eat you,” said the monster. “You are a piece of candy and I love candy. I am Bad Teeth Bradley. What is your name?”

“I am Mama Acorn,” said Mama. “I am an acorn. I am not a piece of candy. I don’t think I would taste very good.”

“An acorn,” said Bad Teeth Bradley. “I never heard of acorns. Why wouldn’t you taste good?”

“Acorns come from an oak tree,” said Mama. “And we wouldn’t taste good because we are bitter.”

“I don’t believe you,” said Bad Teeth Bradley. “I l think you are just saying that so I don’t eat you.”

“No!” screamed Mama Acorn. “I am telling you the truth.”

Bad Teeth Bradley put Mama Acorn in his mouth. He soon realized she was telling the truth. She did taste bitter. He spit her out into his hand.

“I am sorry,” said Bad Teeth Bradley. “You were telling the truth. You do taste bitter. Are you okay? Is there anything I can help you with?”

“Would you be able to help me get back up to the branch I live on?” asked Mama Acorn.

Bad Teeth Bradley helped Mama Acorn back up to the branch she was on.

“Thank you very much,” said Mama Acorn. “I appreciate your help. Can I offer you a piece of acorn pie for helping me?”

“No thank you,” said Bad Teeth Bradley as he ran away.


Moral of this Story:

  • Acorns are bitter tasting.
  • Example: Bad Teeth Bradley thought Mama Acorn was a candy until he put her in his mouth and tasted her bitterness.

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