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Sad Little Scarecrow



Sad Little Scarecrow
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 1 to 2
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.38

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     challenging words:    garden, crows, droopy, fate, frightful, longer, makeover, missing, ragged, re-stuffed, ripped, saved, singsong, stifle, straw, back
     content words:    Even Farmer Stone, Harvest Hop


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Sad Little Scarecrow
By Joyce Furstenau
  

1     Scarecrow stood sadly in Farmer Stone's garden. His straw stuffing was loose and falling out. His straw hat was hanging sideways on his head. One button eye was drooping below his orange nose. Scarecrow's striped shirt was faded and torn. The bottom two buttons were missing. His pants were ripped on one side up to his rope belt, and poor Scarecrow had completely lost his shoes. Scarecrow hung his head, mostly to keep out the sun and shade his eyes. He stood quite stiffly in the middle of the garden.
 
2     Chattering crows didn't seem to notice him standing in the corn patch. They helped themselves to the corn and peas all summer long. Even Farmer Stone forgot about Scarecrow. He drove by on his tractor every day without so much as a glance. Scarecrow could see he'd been forgotten, and it made him quite sad. He no longer felt useful and was certain he would end up on top of a pile of burning leaves.
 
3     September skies slowly slipped into cool October as pumpkins began to turn from green to orange. Drifting smoke from a nearby burn pile reminded Scarecrow of a frightful fate. Unless someone soon saved Scarecrow from his sad state, he was certain he would not last through the season.
 
4     The last Saturday in September, a group of children were skipping by Farmer Stone's field after school.

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