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The Peacock and the Crane



The Peacock and the Crane
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.7

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    gloat, second-rate, strut, reflection, ridiculous, boastful, often, strutted, disrespect, inferior, peacock, through, tips, fanned, allow, such


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The Peacock and the Crane
By Brenda B. Covert
  

1     The peacock often strutted through the park, admiring its reflection in the ornate park fountains and displaying its fine feathers for all to see. Its tail was a colorful fan in shades of gold, blue, and green. The peacock was very proud of its tail and often fanned it out to show off the intriguing eye markings at the tips of each feather.
 
2     "I am the most beautiful of birds," the peacock said importantly. "In fact, I think it's fair to say that I am the most beautiful creature that ever lived!"
 
3     Remarks like that hurt the feelings of some park animals. The peacock's bragging made them feel second-rate. Other animals just felt that the boastful bird was a nuisance to be ignored.

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