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Tommy Gets a Pet



Tommy Gets a Pet
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 1 to 2
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   1.28

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    front, cats, hermit, pets, stays, another, apartment, bird, cage, cannot, crab, follow, great, happy, head, himself
     content words:    Ten-year-old Tommy, Meet T-Bone


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Tommy Gets a Pet
By Joyce Furstenau
  

1     Ten-year-old Tommy sat on his front steps with his mother. He was quiet. Tommy was thinking. He wanted a pet. He asked his mother if he could take home a cat from the pet store.
 
2     "No cats," said his mother. ‘We must follow the rules. We cannot have any cats or dogs in our apartment."
 
3     "What about a bird? Could I have a bird?" Tommy asked. "Pat has a parrot. It stays in a cage in Pat's front room. I would like to have a parrot like Pat."
 
4     "No, Tommy, a parrot is not what we want. We need a pet that is quiet. A parrot would not be quiet," said his mother.
 
5     "What about a rat?" asked Tommy. "A rat would be quiet."
 
6     "A rat?" asked his mother. "I do not think I would like to have a rat living in my apartment. No, I do not think you should get a rat. Let's try to think of another pet."
 
7     Tommy thought and thought. He really wanted a pet.
 
8     "What kind of pet could I get that would be quiet?" Tommy thought to himself. "I cannot keep a cat. I cannot keep a parrot. I cannot keep a rat. What kind of pet can I keep?" he wondered.
 
9     His mother thought, too. She sat by Tommy on the steps. Tommy and his mother were quiet. They both thought about pets.

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