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Letters from Korea



Letters from Korea
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 1 to 3
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   2.89

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     challenging words:    front, catalog, kids, lumpy, mailing, picked, postal, postcard, ripped, sheets, unit, stop, address, against, almost, answer
     content words:    Aunt Jane, Uncle Mike, Aunt Teri, John Sutton, Post Office Box, Tierra Verde


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Letters from Korea
By Kathleen W. Redman
  

1     John skidded to a stop in front of the post office. He parked his bike in the rack and ran inside. He was in a big hurry to get to his family's post office box. He hoped there would be a letter from his father in the box.
 
2     John carefully turned the dial right, then left, then right again. He heard the lock click open. He opened the small door to the box. The box was stuffed with mail.
 
3     John carefully took the mail out of the box. He put it all on the desk against the wall. As he stacked it neatly, he looked at every return address. One letter was from Aunt Jane in Cleveland. There was a postcard from Uncle Mike and Aunt Teri. There was a card from the post office with information about buying rolls of stamps instead of sheets. There was nothing from Korea.
 
4     John's father was a Marine. He and his unit had been sent to Korea almost a year ago. John missed him so much. He missed their long walks. He missed their Saturday morning fishing trips. He missed hearing his father say, "Good night, Son." Every day John hoped there was a letter from his father.
 
5     This time it had been almost two months since his last letter from his father. John's whole class at school had written letters. John had sent the letters to his father and asked him to give them out to the other men in his unit. He was anxious to see if the other men liked the letters.

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