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Tuna Fish Valentine



Tuna Fish Valentine
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.21

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    butted, wintertime, shift, layer, blue-gray, faster, lived, wooden, often, picking, against, bits, bare, rungs, since, stroke
     content words:    Labrador Retriever


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     Italian: Il tonno dono di S.Valentino
     German: Valentins-Thunfisch


Tuna Fish Valentine
By Mary L. Bushong
  

1     Bruce scrambled up the rungs of the ladder to the haymow of their old wooden barn. In the summer, the bales of hay had been stacked all the way up to the rafters high above his head. Since then Dad had sold some of it, and the cows had eaten some. What remained would have to feed the animals until spring.
 
2     The mow was Bruce's favorite thinking place. It was quiet there, and sometimes he could shift the hay bales to make tunnels or little forts. They became snug places where he could think, and they were warm, even in the wintertime.
 
3     Bruce often wished they didn't live so far out from town. He had no school friends close enough to play with. He made up for it by talking to their Labrador Retriever, Carl, or the cats that lived in the barn. Bruce liked them all, but his favorite was Teddy, a fluffy, blue-gray cat.
 
4     His kitty was waiting for him as he climbed into the mow. There wasn't much time before he had to do his chores, but Bruce liked to have just a few minutes alone.
 
5     Tomorrow was the big Valentine's party in his class. Other years, he had looked forward to it. This year, all his friends were in other classrooms. To make things worse, there was a winter storm predicted. If this storm was like the last one, he would not get back to school for a couple of days, and the party would be long over.

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