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What is a character ?  A character is a person in a story.  Sometimes stories have one character.  Sometimes stories have more than one character. Let's read the following story and decide who the characters are:

One bright October day, Winnie the Pooh and Piglet decided to carve their Halloween jack-o-lanterns. Pooh wanted to carve a scary face. Piglet wanted to carve a happy face.  Pooh was so busy working that he didn't notice that Piglet had disappeared! "Piglet, where are you?" called Pooh.  "Here I am, Pooh," cried Piglet, as he popped out of his jack-o-lantern.  Both friends laughed and finished carving their pumpkins. 

In this story, there are two characters: Pooh and PigletPooh is the bear who is carving a scary jack-o-lantern and Piglet is a small pig who is carving a happy face in his jack-o-lantern. This story is about Pooh and Piglet

Let's try another story.  Listen to see if you know who the characters are in this story.  Characters are the people in the story.

was sad. Pooh, Tigger and Piglet were making Valentines and no one asked him if he wanted to help.  He went to his house and cried.  There was a knock on the door.  Eeyore answered the door and there stood Pooh, Tigger and Piglet.  They had a big red heart in their hands.  All three yelled, "Happy Valentine's Day, Eeyore!" and pinned the heart on his chest.  Eeyore was very happy to know his friends really did love him!

Ok, now that you've heard the story, let's decide who the characters are in the story.  Remember, a character is a person in a story. Can you name a character?  Eeyore is a character, and so are Pooh, Tigger and Piglet

In the stories above, the pictures helped you decide who the characters were. Let's listen to another story that doesn't have pictures.  See if you can tell who is the character in this story. 

It was a very windy and rainy day.  The creek was full of rushing water.  Piglet was on his way to Pooh's house, carrying his honey pot.  He wanted some honey to eat and Pooh always had honey.  The wind was so strong it picked Piglet and the pot up, tossed them about and set them down in the creek.  Oh, no! 

You heard the story but don't have a picture to help you decide who the characters are.  I'll give you a hint--there is only one character in this story.  Who is it? Who is in this story?  Who is the story about?

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