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Blair's younger cousin was going to celebrate her sixth birthday next month. He wanted to get a special gift but had no idea what a six-year-old girl might like. Besides, he did not have much money to spend on her present either.

One day, Blair was at the public library trying to pick some interesting books himself. The school holidays were approaching soon and he wanted to have a few books to occupy his free time. He browsed through the shelves, looking at many different genres of books. Then, he chanced upon the arts and crafts section. He saw that there were many books on painting, charcoal sketching, clay modeling, origami and so on.

As Blair scanned the books, one particular book caught his eye. It was a book on balloon sculpting. Blair's idea of sculpting had always been one that involved using a chisel to form a giant piece of rock into a statue. He had never heard of balloon sculpting. Out of curiosity, he pulled the book from the shelf and flipped it open. When he saw the pictures inside, he realized that balloon sculpting was actually using balloons to twist them into all sorts of shapes in order to create objects like a sword or a crown. As he looked through the colorful pages, an idea struck him ! He could make balloon sculptures for his cousin and her friends at her birthday party ! They ought to love that ! Excited with his idea, he borrowed the book.

At home, Blair told his mother about his idea. She agreed that it was an amazing idea. In fact, she even offered to pay for the balloons. That very day, Blair's mother took him out to buy some balloons to practice on. Blair diligently followed the instructions in the book. At first, he had difficulty twisting the balloons. He was afraid of bursting the balloons. When he realized that the balloons were very stretchable, he was more relaxed. As he practiced, he burst dozens of balloons but that never discouraged him. He continued to work hard on it.

By the day of the party, Blair was pretty good at balloon sculpting. Many of the children requested for all sorts of shapes. He tried his best to give them what they wanted. Most importantly, his cousin love his idea. that made all his hard work worthwhile.

   
Answer the following questions using complete sentences
  1. In paragraph one, what were the two problems Blair faced when deciding on a birthday present for his cousin ?
  2. Explain fully why Blair was at the library.
  3. Quote the two-word phrase in paragraph two which tells us that Blair did not deliberately look for the arts and crafts section of the library.
  4. Why did Blair pick the book on balloon sculpting to browse ?
  5. What was Blair's perception of sculpting ?
  6. Explain fully what 'that' in paragraph three refers to.
  7. Which word in paragraph three tells us that Blair felt enthusiastic about his idea ?
  8. In what way did Blair's mother support his idea ?
  9. How did Blair feel when he burst the balloons while practicing ?
  10. in what way was Blair's 'hard work worthwhile' (paragraph 5) ?
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Answers
 

1.

He did not know what six-year-old children liked and he did not have much money too.
 

2.

The school holidays were approaching soon and he wanted to borrow some books to occupy his free time.
 

3.

The phrase is 'chanced upon'.
 

4.

it caught his attention and he was curious about its content.
 

5.

Blair's idea of sculpting involved using a chisel to mould a giant piece of rock into a statue.
  6. It refers to balloon sculpting at his cousin's birthday party.
  7. The word is 'excited'.
  8. She took him out to buy some balloons to practice and offered to pay for them.
  9. He was not disheartened but persevered.
  10. The children at the birthday party loved his work and his cousin liked his idea.
 
 
 
 
 

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