#60 | Story: Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer

Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer

Vocabulary

  • TEASE = pirraçar, provocar. “They teased him about it without mercy.”
  • FROM THEN ON = a partir de então. “From then on, Rudolph was Santa’s first choice.”
  • KIND = gentil, amável. “They were always kind to Rudolph.”

Rudolph, the red-nosed reindeer

Once upon a time, there lived in the North Pole a young reindeer named Rudolph. He was a lively, happy reindeer and loved playing in the snow. But one day, the other reindeer noticed that he had a very large, bright red nose, and they teased him about it without mercy.

Rudolph became sad and began to cry.

Rudolph was sad because it was Christmas Eve and he was afraid that, because of his shiny nose, he would never be chosen to pull Santa’s sleigh. He went to visit Santa and Elf, who were getting all their presents ready.  They were always kind to Rudolph and never mentioned his funny nose.

Rudolph cheered up and helped them work. While they worked, day turned to night.

At last, Santa boomed, “Elf, I must go now. Let’s load up the presents.”

Santa and Elf packed up the sleigh, while Rudolph helped them. When all was ready, Santa asked, “Where are my eight reindeers? I need their strength to pull my sleigh.”

Then Santa looked around him and noticed how foggy the night had become. He was worried that he would not be able to see his way. Suddenly he spied Rudolph with his bright red nose, and he had a very bright idea!

“Rudolph,” he cried, “I want YOU-with your shiny nose- to light the way for my sleigh tonight!”

The other reindeers made way for Rudolph. Now everybody loved him and said what a very special reindeer he was. From then on, Rudolph was Santa’s first choice every Christmas Eve.

Santa and Rudolph waved goodbye and flew away over the rooftops of houses, with their sleigh full of Christmas presents.

Source: readersdigest.ca/culture/story-rudolph

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