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Winter Kitten, Part 2



Winter Kitten, Part 2
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.74

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    dose, honey-sweet, McCrae, ridiculous, tolerate, satisfaction, coughing, chasing, staying, longer, liquid, ready, pulse, several, case, better
     content words:    Jim Parker, Sometimes Emma, Elizabeth Parker


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Winter Kitten, Part 2
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     As Mrs. Parker got the tea ready, Dr. McCrae pulled a book from his case and consulted it. He ran his finger down one page and nodded over what he read. Then he prepared a bottle of medicine and gave directions for how and when to give it, after giving the first dose himself.
 
2     Jim Parker came in as Dr. McCrae was starting to sip his tea. He saw the kitten but said nothing. It seemed to him that Emma already looked a little better. If an animal could do that, he could tolerate it in the house.
 
3     The doctor took his time with the tea. The honey-sweet liquid gave him energy, and he still had another call to make.
 
4     Before he left he checked Emma again and nodded. The girl seemed brighter as she petted the loudly purring kitty. He smiled and assured her parents she would soon be well. He tucked his book and instruments back in his bag.
 
5     "That cat will soon have Emma wanting to go out and play. Don't let her out too soon. We don't want her sick again. Take care of your winter kitten, Emma," said the doctor.
 
6     Emma's parents were amazed at how fast Emma got well. Her cat, Winter, wasn't. It was all a part of her day's work.
 
7     Several days passed. Emma's cough abated, and she was soon able to sit up in her bed without coughing violently.
 
8     The kitten loved Emma's bed. Sometimes Emma would wiggle her fingers under the bed clothes. The kitten would watch with flattened ears and then pounce. The girl laughed out loud now that it no longer hurt to do so. She had the kitten chasing imaginary prey all over the bed until they were both tired out.
 
9     Dr. McCrae stopped by one day about two weeks later when he was passing their door. He nodded with approval when he saw how bright Emma's face was.

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