Molly Whuppie

molly whuppieAt first, this Scottish folktale may look like a simple story. The heroine (Molly) is more clever than the bad guy (a giant), and does things which lead to her marrying a prince. But it is also a story of hope where three children rise above their difficult beginnings. A possible lesson? We all have the power to improve our situation if we make the most of every chance that comes along.

English Learner Vocabulary Help

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

General Comments on the Story

english fairy talesOur source for the story was a children’s book called English Fairy Stories by Australian folktale collector Joseph Jacobs, first published in 1890. The book can be downloaded in various e-book forms from Project Gutenberg here. An audiobook is available from Librivox here.


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blood(n: blood, noncount) The red liquid that flows through the bodies of people and animals. 1000

chain(n: chain pl chains) A series of usually metal links or rings that are connected to each other in a line and used for supporting heavy things, for holding things together, for decoration, etc. 2000

grab(v: grab, grabs, grabbed, grabbing) To quickly take and hold [someone or something] with your hand or arms. 2000

knock(v: knock, knocks, knocked, knocking) To make a loud, sharp noise by hitting or tapping something [especially a door to get someone to open it]. 1000

needle(n: needle pl needles) A small, sharp piece of steel with a hole [called an eye] at one end for thread, used in sewing etc. 3000

noise(n:noise pl noises) 1. A sound that someone or something makes. 2. A loud or unpleasant sound. 2000

pair(n: pair pl pairs) 1. Two things that are the same and usually seen together, or two things that are meant to be used together. A pair of gloves/lovers/shoes/socks/twins, etc. 2. A single thing made up of two parts which are joined. A pair of glasses/pants/scissors, etc. 1000

(n: purse pl purses) A small bag for carrying money.
(v: purse, purses, pursed, pursing) To press your lips into a tight circle or line, usually because you are angry on concentrating on something. 3000

money purse pursed lips

scissors(n: scissors, plural) A tool used for cutting paper, cloth, etc., that has two blades joined together in the middle so that the sharp edges slide against each other. (กรรไกร) 4000

sew(v: sew, sewed, sewn, sewing) To make or repair something (such as a piece of clothing) by using a needle and thread. (เย็บโดยใช้เข็ม)
(n: sewing, noncount) 1. The act or process of sewing. I learned sewing at school. (การเย็บ) 2. Things that are used for sewing or that are being sewn. She took her sewing into the kitchen. (งานที่ต้องเย็บ) 3000

snore(v: snores, snored, snoring) To breathe noisily while sleeping. (กรน) 6000

sword(n: sword pl swords) A weapon with a long metal blade that has a sharp point and edge. (ดาบ) 4000

thread(n: thread pl threads) A long, thin piece of cotton, silk, wool, etc., often used for sewing. (ด้าย) 4000

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