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Hayly the Arctic Hare



Hayly the Arctic Hare
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.19

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    lessen, leveret, leverets, naked, scoured, windward, shoot, tender, snowfall, tundra, longer, buds, graze, stayed, faster, fully


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Hayly the Arctic Hare
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     Hayly nibbled on a willow shoot. She loved the tender leaves and branches. Summer in the Arctic did not last long so she wanted to make the best of it.
 
2     The only thing wrong with the Arctic in the summer was the bugs. She felt a tickling at the base of one of her ears and raised a foot to scratch it.
 
3     Hayly had been born in June. Baby hares are called leverets. Though she looked like a rabbit, she was a hare. She was fully furred and could see when she was born; rabbit babies were naked and blind.
 
4     That first summer, Hayly grew quickly. She did not waste any time growing as large as her parents.
 
5     It was now late summer. Hayly, her brothers and sisters, parents, aunts, uncles, and cousins all lived close together. Her mother told her there was safety in numbers.
 
6     One day they were browsing in the willow patch when a fox suddenly appeared. All the hares jumped up and began running this way and that. There were so many of them that the fox couldn't decide which one of them to chase until they were all gone.
 
7     One of Hayly's brothers thought he would do just fine by himself. He had never been very careful. He went out to graze alone. One of the snowy owls caught him. He made a good target since there were no other hares to distract the owl.
 
8     As summer moved into autumn, Hayly's coat began to change. The dark brown hairs of the young hare changed. White hairs began to show up in her coat. By the time the first snows came, her coat had become almost all white. Only the edges of her ears stayed black.
 
9     As a leveret, Hayly had often wondered why she had such big feet. After the first heavy snowfall, she understood why.

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