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Court Jester



Court Jester
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.92

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     challenging words:    ludicrous, humorous, jester, bauble, quick-thinking, striking, royalty, finding, scepter, honesty, traditional, lute, design, lord, punishment, tunic
     content words:    Middle Ages


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Court Jester
By Sharon Fabian
  

1     Everyone feels down once in a while, even the king. Whenever that happens, the king always has someone to call on - someone he can trust to lift his sad or angry mood. Someone who will tell him the truth, while making him laugh at the same time.
 
2     Who is this trusted counselor and advisor? It isn't a prince, a lord, a knight, or even the queen. It is. . . Wait, here he comes now! Can't you hear the jingle of the bells on his costume?
 
3     Let me introduce you to (Fanfare, please!) the royal court jester!
 
4     He is outfitted in, not only jingle bells, but also the latest colors in a motley pattern. His hose are striking with one blue leg and one red leg. His tunic, in the same two-color design, features a collar with many points, each one tipped with its own jingle bell. His cap, the traditional three-pointed jester's "cap 'n bells," is in a color-blocked red and blue design. Each point of the cap is tipped with a jingle bell.

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