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What Has Feathers, but Cannot Fly?



What Has Feathers, but Cannot Fly?
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 1 to 3
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   2.21

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    morning, bills, cats, crayfish, emus, exactly, good, hatches, invisible, kinds, kiwi, mainland, underground, glad, almost, beautiful
     content words:    New Zealand, Pacific Ocean, When I'm, Kapiti Island, Little Spots, Wasn't Kiki


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What Has Feathers, but Cannot Fly?
By Kathleen W. Redman
  

1     "Good morning, boys and girls. I am glad you are watching the show today. We have taken a very long trip to visit one of the most interesting birds in the world. We are in New Zealand, a beautiful island country in the Pacific Ocean.
 
2     Before I introduce our guest, I have a riddle for you. What has feathers and wings but cannot fly? A kiwi bird? That's right.
 
3     Our guest today is Kiki, a little spotted kiwi. How are you, Kiki?"
 
4     "I'm fine, Keith. How are you?"
 
5     "Just fine, Kiki. Exactly how small are you?"
 
6     "I'm eight inches high. When I'm grown, I will be almost ten inches high."
 
7     "On what island do you live?"
 
8     "I live on Kapiti Island. Some of us live on other islands. Little Spots can't live on the mainland, though."
 
9     "Why not?"
 
10     "There are pigs and cats on the mainland. They will kill us. We used to live there, though."
 
11     "Are all kinds of kiwi birds endangered?"
 
12     "Yes, they are."

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