1. A magic stone sits on top of a mountain.
The Sun warms the stone. It cracks open.
2. A monkey jumps out.
Rays of light shoot from his eyes.
3. The Jade Emperor, Yu Huang,
sees the light
He says to his servant,
"Go and find the light."
4. The servant returns with news of the monkey.
The Jade Emperor says,
"A monkey is not important."
5. Lord Lao Tzu also sees
the golden rays of light in
Heaven. He says,
"The one who made this light
will live forever."
6. On Earth, Buddha sits with his students.
The golden rays enter his temple.
He says, "This monkey will become
But first, he will make trouble."
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The Monkey King Tales
Retold by Karen Elliott
A 3 volume e-book with:
- 13 episodes about the origins of Monkey,
hero of the classic Chinese novel,
Journey to the West.
- simple narrative in the present tense
- 4 versions of each episode
i) numbered prose paragraphs for quick
ii) play script based on the story text
iii) large sketchbook with text for students
to illustrate story events and details
iv) small sketchbook with text
- question sheets to develop comprehension skills
and sentence structure
- sequence exercises to reinforce comprehension
- tic tac toe games to develop vocabulary skills
- teacher's answer sheets for questions and games
- word lists specific to each story for teacher
reference and student use (pupils may wish to write
the word meaning in their home language)
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A magic stone sits
on top of a mountain.
I warm the stone
with rays of light.
The stone cracks open!
A monkey jumps out!
Rays of light
shoot from his eyes!
The Sun goes away.
Monkey sits on the broken stone.
The Jade Emperor, Yu Huang,
sees the light in heaven,
Go and find the light.
The Servant goes and sees the Monkey.
Then he returns with news.
The light comes from a monkey!
A monkey is not important.
The Jade Emperor and the servant go away.
Lord Lao Tzu also sees the golden rays.
Lord Lao Tzu
The one who made this light
will live forever.
Buddha sits with his students.
Golden rays enter the temple!
This monkey will become a Buddha someday.
But first, he will make trouble.
Two English versions of the
traditional Chinese tale -
- an ESL simple present tense rendering based on the Tibbi Tales easy French
play script for FSL (coming soon).
- a second retelling of the story using more advanced vocabulary and sentence structures.
The downloadable pdf files also include activities and teacher pages.