Oko was in a band. It was a bell band. The band made music. The music came from bells. The bells came in all sizes. They made high sounds and low sounds. They made loud sounds and soft sounds.
Oko loved to ring his bells. He had eight bells. There was a bell for each arm! Why did Oko have eight arms? Oko was an octopus!
One day the band leader asked for help. The band's bells were old. Some were broken. Some had dents. Others had cracks. They did not sound good. The band needed new bells.
"Can someone find new bells for us?" the band leader asked.
Oko agreed to find new bells. "How many will I need to get?" he asked.
The band leader put an arm to his head. "I do not know," he said. "My head hurts! Everyone, stop ringing those old bells!"
Pixie looked at her friends. She played bells in the band. "You will have to count all the bells," she said to Oko. "I have eight bells, and you have eight bells. How many bells do the others have?"
Oko looked at the other band members. Each one was an octopus. Each one had eight bells. There were twelve band members in all. That was a lot of bells!
"I know," said Oko. "I learned how to count by eights. I will count each octopus by eight. Then I will know how many bells to get."Paragraphs 10 to 17:
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