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The Lonely Reindeer



The Lonely Reindeer
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 2 to 3
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   1.38

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    patting, skaters, Snodo, starlet, snow, pine, rush, scarf, snowy, artist, painting, lump, lonely, reindeer, group, world


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Other Languages
     French: Le renne solitaire
     Spanish: El Reno Solitario
     Italian: La renna sola
     German: Das einsame Rentier


The Lonely Reindeer
By Brenda B. Covert
  

1     Snow fell on Scooter. He hid by the pine trees. His gaze never left the group of five. Their noses were close as they talked. What did they talk about? Scooter did not know. He only knew that he was not part of the group. He hung his head. He was a lonely reindeer.
 
2     Most reindeer liked to play tag. Many liked to fly. Scooter was better at art. His hooves were like magic. He loved to paint on canvas. Snowy days were the best times to paint. He had lots of pictures in his room. Some displayed snowmen. Others showed ice skaters. Two had red birds on green holly with white snow all around. Only his family knew about his hobby. None of the other reindeer had a clue. They would think it was silly.
 
3     In reindeer school the next day, the class talked about gifts. The reindeer wanted to give Santa a present. What would Santa like?
 
4     "A lump of coal!" yelled Skipper. He was joking.
 
5     "A sled?" Misty asked.
 
6     "Does he need a new scarf?" Starlet wondered.
 
7     Teddy shook his head. "Santa has lots of red scarves."
 
8     Snodo pawed at the ground. "We should give the big guy something he has never seen before."
 
9     That seemed like a fine idea. What had Santa never seen? He went around the world every year! He must have seen everything. What could the class find that would be new to Santa?

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