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Gretchen the Goose Girl



Gretchen the Goose Girl
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.8

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    dewy, self-important, tooth-like, education, gander, opening, vegetation, setting, strutted, boiled, easily, attend, tearing, schools, daily, journey
     content words:    Augustus Beach


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Gretchen the Goose Girl
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     Soon the white birds were streaming through the gate on their way to the meadow. Gretchen counted them one by one as they passed her-38, 39, 40; that was all of them. The other ten geese were setting their eggs inside the shed. It would be another week before their goslings were expected to hatch.
 
2     Gretchen latched the gate and followed the white birds as they marched their determined way to the familiar meadow. The geese foraged on the fresh, dewy grass as they walked.
 
3     Most snatched at the thin blades of grass as they moved, tearing off the thin blades with a quick twist of their beaks. One was determined to be different. He was a dominant gander. He used the tooth-like ridges on the inner edges of his beak to chew off whole stems of vegetation.
 
4     Gretchen smiled. He was such a greedy pig, but that was probably why he was their biggest bird. He reminded her of Augustus Beach, the village butcher. They both strutted along with the same self-important gait.
 
5     The geese did not require much driving. They knew where they were going. Their voices made gabbling sounds as they marched and commented on everything they saw.

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