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Rachel Interviews Aaron the Desert Locust



Rachel Interviews Aaron the Desert Locust
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 1 to 3
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   2.92

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    morning, actually, backstage, entire, flying, good, guys, locust, okay, poop, practically, scary, swarm, swarms, travels, uninvited
     content words:    I'm Rachel Scott, Bugs Beyond Belief, North Africa, Middle East, Atlantic Ocean


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Rachel Interviews Aaron the Desert Locust
By Kathleen W. Redman
  

1     "Good morning, boys and girls. I'm Rachel Scott, the host of Bugs Beyond Belief. Today I have with me one of the most feared insects in the entire world. He usually travels with thousands of his buddies, but today he's here alone. His name is Aaron, and he's a desert locust. Good morning, Aaron."
 
2     "Good morning, Rachel. Glad to be here."
 
3     "So the big question first: Why is everyone afraid of you?"
 
4     "The truth is, Rachel, no one's afraid of me. By myself, I'm a really nice guy. I promise. It's when I get around my friends that things go bad."
 
5     "Really? Can you explain?"
 
6     "Here's the thing. We locusts are actually born to be pretty shy. When we're alone, we don't do much damage. But at some point, we start bumping into each other. Usually, it's when we all have to be at the same place to eat."
 
7     "Okay, so things get crowded and you get a little angry, right?"
 
8     "You have no idea, Rachel. We get so fired up that we actually change colors. My green color turned to the yellow and black you see today. Because of the change, I now can't stand to be by myself. I have to be with my friends."

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