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Growing Up in the White House



Growing Up in the White House
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.76

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     challenging words:    unsupervised, fishbowl, perks, sleepovers, mansion, historic, unlimited, supervision, theatre, youth, guinea, ballet, lifestyle, compare, caption, nursery
     content words:    Fist Lady Laura Bush, Jenna Welch, White House East Wing, White House, Secret Service, In December, White House Rose Garden, South America, Susan Ford, President Ford


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Growing Up in the White House
By Sharon Fabian
  

1     Caption: The Fist Lady Laura Bush and her mother, Jenna Welch, with Washington children in the remodeled theater of the White House East Wing.
 
2     What is it like to grow up in the White House? Few people will ever know. The rest of us can only imagine what it would be like to have a house full of servants, tons of perks, round-the-clock Secret Service protection, and constant media attention.

 
3     Presidents and first ladies who have children in the White House are always careful to shield their children from the media. The result is that we know only a little about the lives of kids who grew up in the White House.
 
4     We know that the one hundred thirty-two room house has perks any kid would love, from an unlimited supply of M&Ms to a private, forty-seat movie theatre with first run movies. Then there is the tennis court, the bowling alley, and the pool. There are plenty of guest rooms for sleepovers and even a personal chef. In December, there are over a dozen decorated Christmas trees. Oh yes, and presidents' kids get to meet celebrities all the time - sports stars, movie stars, and musicians, as well as world leaders.
 
5     Grown up kids in the White House can enjoy an elegant lifestyle. President Nixon's daughter Tricia was married in a beautiful wedding in the White House Rose Garden. Four hundred guests attended.

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