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Snow Ponies



Snow Ponies
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.58

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    mounts, Yeahhh, near, packing, fell, reading, layer, driveway, another, bits, buses, packed, windowsill, yards, pony, lunchtime


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Snow Ponies
By Mary L. Bushong
  

1     Tammy and Anna lived near one another in the suburbs outside of town. While both girls were sure that their yards grew enough grass to feed a pony, their parents were just as sure they did not. So they had to make do with reading and dreaming about horses until the day they could have their own.
 
2     One night it began to snow. The flakes drifted down in large fluffy chunks before coming to rest on everything. Soon it covered the road in a thick layer, and then it began inching its way up the mailbox post. Before long even the tallest bits of grass had been covered in a thick white blanket.
 
3     Tammy got up early and looked out the window. She was elated to see the thick mound of snow on the windowsill. She raced down to the kitchen where Mom was making breakfast and listening to the radio. Mom smiled at her.
 
4     "Looks like you have a snow day today, dear," she said. "More than a foot of snow fell last night, and the buses can't get through."
 
5     "Yeahhh!" shouted Tammy. She quickly ate her breakfast and got dressed to go outside.
 
6     "Do you mind if I go outside and maybe go up to Anna's house?" she asked.
 
7     "That would be fine," said Mom, "but don't be gone too long."
 
8     Tammy was glad to have her scarf, hat, mittens, and boots when she went outside. It was really cold! The snow made the funny, scrunching sound under her feet like only perfect packing snow could do. Grabbing up a handful to test it, she quickly formed it into a ball and threw it at a tree. She grinned to herself. Maybe she and Anna could make a big snowman or something. Then she saw her friend coming up the driveway.

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