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Opossum Surprise
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.1

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     challenging words:    Euwwww, evidently, half-grown, pointed, well-filled, woodpile, quick, mouthful, marsupial, nocturnal, poisonous, opossum, environment, backed, pouch, huge
     content words:    North America


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Opossum Surprise
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     "Grandpa! Grandpa! Come quick!" shouted Tony. "There's a huge rat in the woodpile!"
 
2     Grandpa got up out of his chair on the back porch and laid the ax he'd been sharpening aside. He sauntered across the yard and came to a stop next to his young grandson.
 
3     Tony pointed to a small gray animal that had backed itself into a corner. It bared its mouthful of sharp pointed teeth and hissed warningly at the two people.
 
4     Grandpa smiled at Tony's mistake. Tony was fresh from the city where rats were a common enough sight, but here in the country, they were not so visible.
 
5     "That's no rat," said Grandpa. "That's just a half-grown opossum [uh-POS-sum]."
 
6     "Half-grown?" asked Tony. "You mean that thing will get bigger?"
 
7     Grandpa nodded "That little one was probably born this past spring. He has evidently adopted the woodpile as his home for the time being."
 
8     "Shouldn't he be off hunting for his food?" asked Tony. "He's not sick, is he?"

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