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The King Who Couldn't Sing



The King Who Couldn't Sing
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 2 to 3
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.38

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     challenging words:    kingdom, atop, courtyard, lifelong, mustang, throng, tongue-twister, lived, fastest, beside, working, sounded, offer, forward, simple, nearby
     content words:    Sidelong River, Whistling King


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The King Who Couldn't Sing
By Joyce Furstenau
  

1     Long ago in a kingdom beside the Sidelong River, lived a king who could not sing. He wanted to be known as the singing king, but he could not even sing a simple tune. He was known throughout the kingdom as The-King-Who-Could-Not-Sing. Now the king wanted to learn to sing so badly that he offered his fastest mustang to anyone who could teach him to sing.
 
2     A long line of subjects came forward in answer to the king's offer. The first young man tried teaching the king a simple eight-note scale, but each note sounded worse than the last. One young man tried teaching the king to sing a tongue-twister song. When the king tried to sing it, his tongue became so twisted that he couldn't even speak so he quickly gave up. A third man tried teaching the king a love song. He sang it so badly that everyone who heard it began crying.
 
3     Before long, the king had completely lost hope of ever learning to sing. Everyone along the length of the Sidelong River had tried; still the king could not sing a single note.

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