Misty the Amazing Dog Emergent Reader Freebie

free-stories-by-Lois-CaswellThis post has a free Misty the Amazing Dog emergent reader printable, and also the full story for ages 10 and up. Lois Caswell, everybody’s Grandma, is at it again with a new story to share.  Although most of this story focuses on the dog, it took place in the 1960’s in England when her husband was stationed there during the Vietnam War. The free emergent reader version is about just the dog. The 2 page short story would be a good primary source historical read for ages 10 and up.

By the way, have you seen the page with all of her stories so far? The page has all the free stories and printables in one location for quick access.

Misty the Amazing Dog Emergent Reader

Emergent Reader For readers ages 10 and up, here is the original version of the story Lois wrote.  For students with an interest in history and dogs, it would make a great read for students who may need a back door approach to learning historical information.


Because her husband, Earl, was in the U. S. Air Force it meant moving. He was stationed at RAF Greenham Common Air Base in Newbury, Berkshire England just before the Vietnam War. They lived there from 1961 thru 1964.

After reading the story, I asked Lois the following two questions.

What did you use the Kerosene for that was mentioned in the story ?

We used it for heat as there was no central heat in the homes in England.  The folks there usually heated one room at a time either with a fireplace or a kerosene heater. They were small cylinder type things . ( I also remember we had one to heat the bathroom  on the farm when I was a little girl). You couldn’t leave these heaters unattended or they would somehow clog up and smoke up everything with black soot.  What a mess that could be.

What did you use for light?

Our electricity seemed the same as here but it was run by a shilling meter.  You put coins in as you used it. A shilling was about 25 cents back then. I don’t remember how long one lasted for electricity.

Then Lois said, “Answering these questions makes me think of a whole bunch of other stories like my trip to England on the Queen Elizabeth II.” We can look forward to more stories.

Thank you for reading, Carolyn and Lois

Misty the Amazing Dog Emergent Reader and full story version free printables, reading activity and instant download

About the Author:

Carolyn Wilhelm is the author of The Wise Owl Factory site and blog. She has an MS in Gifted Education, an MA in Curriculum and Instruction K-12, and has completed the KHT Montessori 12 month program. She makes mostly free resources for teachers and parents.