The Elf and the King — Cycle 96+


The Elf and the King — Cycle 96+


Tiff and Mom are trying to enjoy a book of strange fairy tales, but Tim is making a lot of noise while he plays on the floor with his toys. Tiff reads the story of a mischievous elf that plays a trick on a king by stealing his gold and giving it to a monster.  The king goes to ask the monster for his gold back, and the elf laughs as they both step into his pranks. The king and the monster put the elf in a sack. Later, the king lets the elf go if he promises to stop being so annoying. Tiff wonders if putting Tim in a sack will also help him learn to stop being annoying. Mom playfully thinks it over, but Tim runs off!

Full Text:

Tiff read to Mom while Tim played.

This elf stole that gold and gave it to that monster.

The king thought the monster stole it, so he went to get it back.

The elf spread grease on the path.

The elf tied the sneakers on the monster.

The king and monster both fell!

The king and monster were mad.

The king paid the monster some gold for stuffing the elf in that sack.

Later, the king let the elf go and said, "No more trouble!"

Tiff said, "Can I throw tim in a sack?"  Mom said, "Hmm."  Tim ran off!


/ă/ (IPA: æ),        /m/,                  /t/,                   /ē/ (IPA: i),            /s/,                       /ĭ/ (IPA: ɪ),        

/f/,                       /d/,                   /r/,                   /th/ (IPA: ð),         /ŏ/ (IPA: ɒ),          /g/,

/l/,                        /h/,                  /ŭ/ (IPA: ʌ),      /k/,                       /b/,                       /n/,

/sh/ (IPA: ʃ),       /ā/ (IPA: eɪ),     /k/,                   /v/,                       /ō/ (IPA: oʊ),        /w/,

/ch/ (IPA: tʃ),     /ŏr/ (IPA: ɑr),    /ər/ (IPA: ɜr),   /ĕ/ (IPA: ɛ),           /j/ (IPA: dʒ),        /p/,

/ī/ (IPA: aɪ),        /ĭŋ/ (IPA: ɪŋ),     /y/ (IPA: j),      /ks/,                      /kw/,                    /z/,

/ū/ (IPA: ju)


This booklet is designed for kindergarten students to read independently after they have reached the cycle indicated on the cover. Students should use this to practice decoding and to develop independent reading habits. This should not be used for guided reading or for the development of content knowledge.


This file is designed to be printed, folded, stapled, and given to students as a booklet.  

  • Step 1: To print, select “print on both sides of the paper” and “flip on the short edge” in your print menu.  
  • Step 2: Fold the printed pages along the dashed line in the center, and staple on top of the three staple images on the front cover.

When one student finishes reading the booklet, you can pass it on to the next student who is ready for it.  Or you can create one copy for each student and tell them that they can color the pictures when they finish reading it.