John liked chocolates very much, but his mother never gave him any, because
they were bad for his teeth, she thought. But John had a very nice grandfather.
The old man loved his grandson very much, and sometimes he brought John
chocolates when he came to visit him. Then his mother let him eat them,
because she wanted to make the old man happy.
One evening, a few days before John’s seventh birthday, he was saying his
prayers in his bedroom before he went to bed. ‘Please, God, he shouted,’ make
them give me a big box of chocolates for my birthday on Saturday.’
His mother was in the kitchen, but she heard the small boy shouting and
went into his bedroom quickly.
‘Why are you shouting, John?’ she asked her son. ‘God can hear you when
you talk quietly.’
‘I know,’ answered the clever boy with a smile, ‘but Grandfather’s in the next
room, and he can’t.’
Elementary Stories for Reproduction
L. A. HILL
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