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The Cider Party
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.5

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    assortment, cheesecloth, gummy-worms, hosts, pomace, scratt, scratts, screw-like, sock-footed, vise, vise-like, strained, central, pressing, sacks, grinder
     content words:    Washington State, Granny Smith, Red Delicious, Honey Crisp


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The Cider Party
By Joyce Furstenau
  

1     The Clarks live in apple country in the central part of Washington State. There are apple orchards all around their country home. This fall they decided to have a cider party. Cider is an apple drink made from the juice of crushed apples.
 
2     Mr. & Mrs. Clark looked at the calendar and decided on the perfect day for their cider party. The apples used for the cider had to be fresh and ripe so they could not have the party before the apples were ready. Mrs. Clark sent out invitations to friends and neighbors to come to the cider party.
 
3     Mr. Clark lined up everything for the cider making. First he set up the freshly cleaned cider press*. Next, he picked lots of apples for the cider. There were several varieties of apple trees in the nearby orchards. Mr. Clark wanted to make cider that was not too sweet, yet not too sour, so he chose several different varieties. He chose Granny Smith apples for tartness, Red Delicious apples for hearty flavor, Gala apples for their sweetness, and Honey Crisp apples for a balanced flavor. Then he washed the apples so they would be clean for the cider making.
 
4     Mrs. Clark prepared lots of food for the party ahead of time. There was vanilla ice cream for dessert along with some of her homemade gingersnaps.

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