The Pixie in the Pond

pixie in the pondOften in children’s stories we read of terrible things about to happen to a boy or girl who doesn’t do as their parents say. In this story by Enid Blyton we have a too good to be true pixie child who always does what his mother says, even though it may stop him having fun. It is a good story for younger children and learning English, but doesn’t offer much excitement for older readers.

English Learner Vocabulary Help

The words and expressions in our Elementary level Simplified English story which are not in our 800 word list are: , , , , , , , , , , and .

General Comments on the Story

enid blyton holiday bookOur source for the story was a 1946 children’s book called “The Enid Blyton Holiday Book”, which appears to be the only book by this writer currently available in the public domain. It can be downloaded in various e-book forms from the Internet Archive here.


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blow(v: blow, blows, blew, blown, blowing) 1. [of a current of air] To be moving. The wind blew more strongly. 2. To cause air or something carried by air to move. Please blow into this tube!
(n: blow pl blows) 1. A hard hit using a part of the body or an object. 2. A sudden event that causes trouble, damage, sorrow, etc. 1000

brave(adj: brave, braver, bravest) Feeling or showing no fear; not frightened. The boy was very brave and went out to fight the giant. 3000

dragonfly(n: dragonfly pl dragonflies) A large insect that has a long thin body and four wings and is often seen near water. 11000

drown(v: drown, drowns, drowned, drowning) To die by being underwater too long and unable to breathe. Four people drowned in the flood. She fell in the river and drowned. 3000

lonely(adj: lonely, lonelier, loneliest) 1. Sad from being apart from others. He felt lonely without his wife and children. 2. Not visited by or traveled on by many people. A lonely country road.
(n: loneliness, noncount) The quality or state of feeling lonely. 3000

mud(n: mud, noncount) Soft, wet dirt. His shoes were covered with mud. 3000

naughty(adj: naughty, naughtier, naughtiest) Behaving badly; used especially to describe a child who does not behave properly or obey a parent, teacher, etc. 2000

pixie(n: pixie or pixy pl pixies) An imaginary creature that looks like a small person, has magical powers, and likes to play tricks on people. 10000

pond(n: pond pl ponds) An area of water that is surrounded by land and is smaller than a lake. The boy sailed his toy boat across the pond. 3000

splash(v: splash, splashes, splashed, splashing) 1. To make (someone or something) wet with drops of liquid, mud etc, especially suddenly and accidentally. A passing car splashed my coat (with water). (กระเด็นเปื้อน) 2. To (cause to) fly about in drops. Water splashed everywhere. (กระเด็น) 3. To cause (water or another liquid) to move in a noisy way or messy way; to fall or move with splashes. The children were splashing in the sea. (กระทุ่มน้ำ) 3000

police whistlinggirl whistling(n: whistle pl whistles) A device through which air or steam is forced to produce a very high and loud sound. The policeman blew his whistle. (นกหวีด)
(v: whistle, whistles, whistled, whistling) 1. To produce a very high, often musical, sound by forcing air through your lips or teeth. He whistled a happy tune. (ผิวปาก) 2. To make such a sound with a whistle or by passing quickly through the air. The bullet whistled past his head. (ทำให้เกิดเสียงหวีดหวิว) 3. (of the wind) To blow with such a sound. (พัดให้เกิดเสียงหวีดหวิว) 3000

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