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Why the Owl Has a Spotted Coat (A Cherokee Legend)



Why the Owl Has a Spotted Coat (A Cherokee Legend)
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     challenging words:    armloads, brothers, giggle, girlfriend, picked, pops, sumac, ugly, very, able, animal, back, bright, coat, even, everyone


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Why the Owl Has a Spotted Coat (A Cherokee Legend)
By Kathleen W. Redman
  

1     Mr. Owl was very sad.
 
2     "I am so ugly," he thought. "No one wants to look at me."
 
3     "Even my girlfriend does not want to see me."
 
4     Mr. Owl went to see his girlfriend every day. He was in love, but he would not let his girlfriend see him. He always stood in the shade. Even so, everyone thought they would get married.
 
5     Mr. Owl's girlfriend had two brothers. Her brothers were very lazy. They like to play tricks on people. They did not like to work.
 
6     The brothers were told to bring in wood for the fire. They did not like to work. They had many excuses for not bringing in the wood. Their mother had to tell them many times to bring in the wood.
 
7     One night their mother called. They brought in big armfuls of wood. She was very surprised. She did not know they were going to play a trick. They were going to play a trick on Mr. Owl!
 
8     The brothers told her they were going up on the mountain. They would find more wood. They would bring it home. There would be wood for the whole family.
 
9     Their mother was not sure. She let them go up the mountain. She thought they were trying to do better.

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