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Grandparents' Cottage
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.79

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     challenging words:    solitaire, fiberglass, patchwork, acquaintance, choppy, whichever, held, moods, imagination, capped, onto, cottage, rocked, stow, individual, side


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     Spanish: La casa de campo de los abuelos


Grandparents' Cottage
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     Gail held onto the side of the white fiberglass boat while Grandpa got out.
 
2     "Thanks, Gail," he said as he stepped on the wooden dock. "Let's tie it off, and we can get the things loaded."
 
3     Gail had stayed with her grandparents several times at their summer cottage. It was her favorite place in the world. It was a wonderful place for stretching her imagination. It was too bad Dad hadn't been able to wait with her, but he was already late for a business meeting. Gail hadn't minded waiting by herself. It never took Grandpa long to get there.
 
4     She loved the lake in all its moods. Sometimes it was as calm as a mill pond. Sometimes there was light breeze that made cat's paws on the water's surface. Then there were days like today when the lake was choppy. White capped waves marched line on line to the rocky shore.
 
5     This was different. It was no longer summer, and the trees were changing color. They were a wild mix of yellows, reds, and greens like a patchwork quilt that ran all the way to the water. Some of the leaves were floating on the lake's surface like tiny boats.
 
6     Gail made sure she had her bright orange life jacket tied on right. Would her cousins already be at the cottage?
 
7     Grandpa brought the groceries, and Gail helped stow them in the boat. Then she put in her suitcase.
 
8     "Are Brian and Sue already there?" she asked.

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