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By Ellen Weiss

Pepper and Jake love herding sheep within the little valley the place they reside. yet there is a challenge— an enormous challenge. Urk, an enormous who lives on a close-by mountain, is enormous and pungent and does not care that dumping soiled laundry water within the within reach circulation reasons a flood down under each week. So Pepper and Jake hike to Urk's mountaintop lair to confront him. yet there is not any reasoning with a huge, in particular person who supplies cryptic puzzles to resolve. If the children can clear up it, Urk will stream away. If no longer, Pepper and Jake (and their sheep) stands out as the featured parts in Urk's subsequent bowl of pungent soup!

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Step into analyzing. A step three publication) precis: Pepper and Jake, sister and brother shepherds, fit wits with the large, Urk, who usually floods their valley together with his soiled washwater. ISBN 978-0-375-86743-9 (trade) — ISBN 978-0-375-96743-6 (lib. bdg. ) — ISBN: 978-0-375-98344-3 (eBook) [1. Giants—Fiction. 2. Riddles—Fiction. three. Brothers and sisters—Fiction. four. Shepherds—Fiction. ] I. Friedman, Mel. II. Girasole, Alessia, ailing. III. identify. PZ7. W4472Sti 2012 [E]—dc22 2010035397 Random condo Children’s Books helps the 1st modification and celebrates the ideal to learn. v3. 1 For Carlos Tapia —E. W. and M. F. To my kinfolk —A. G. Copyright commitment name web page First web page many years in the past, a brother and sister lived in a gorgeous valley. The sister’s identify was once Pepper. The brother’s identify used to be Jake. that they had a cheerful existence. on a daily basis, they sang songs and watched their sheep. they just had one challenge. The problem’s identify used to be Urk. Urk was once a tremendous, suggest massive. He was once impolite. He used to be grotesque. while Urk burped, it appeared like thunder. while he sneezed, homes blew away. Urk lived in a fortress. It was once manner, manner, approach up on most sensible of the mountain. each Thursday, Urk washed his outfits. Urk’s outfits have been very great. Urk’s washtub used to be very large, too. while he used to be performed washing his outfits, Urk emptied his washtub. The water got here roaring down the mountain. It made an immense flood. occasionally issues have been swept away. occasionally a few of Pepper and Jake’s sheep have been misplaced. So Pepper and Jake needed to stroll approach down the valley to get their sheep again. Pepper and Jake have been drained of Urk and Urk’s laundry. someday, Jake fell right into a enormous puddle of Urk’s soiled wash water. He got here out all pungent. “That’s it. we will seek advice from Urk,” acknowledged Jake. They appeared up at Urk’s fort. it might be tough to get there. yet they knew they'd to move. in order that they made a few egg-and-salty-pickle sandwiches. They crammed a goatskin bag with water. and so they set out to climb Urk’s mountain. They climbed up, up, up. the better they went, the less warm it bought. Their tooth chattered. Their sweat iced over. After it slow, they acquired hungry. They stopped to devour their sandwiches. Their lunch made them thirsty. however the water within the goatskin was once frozen reliable. eventually, they arrived on the citadel. They banged not easy at the door. The door swung open. There, sitting at his desk, used to be Urk. He used to be having a huge bowl of stinky soup. “Well,” stated the enormous, “what do you need? ” “We wish you to prevent flooding us together with your soiled wash water,” stated Pepper. The giant’s laughter boomed around the room. yet Jake and Pepper scowled at him so he could be aware of how severe they have been. Urk simply saved giggling. “Okay,” Urk ultimately acknowledged. “I have an concept. We giants have a mystery riddle. not anyone has ever been capable to reply to it. “If you can’t resolution the riddle, i'm going to boil you for soup. and that i will throw your sheep in, too. if you happen to can resolution it, I lose. i'll circulate away. ” “Where will you progress to? ” requested Pepper. “You can choose, simply because I won’t lose,” acknowledged Urk. Jake pointed to the map. “Here,” he stated.

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