Mystery May
The Mystery of the Bone that Grew

The Mystery of the Bone that Grew
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 2 to 3
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   1.35

     challenging words:    meticulous, museum, mystery, backyard, scientist, exact, study, bury, puppy, fold, also, idea, life, town, across, family
     content words:    Then Spot, Poor Spot

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The Mystery of the Bone that Grew
By Colleen Messina

1     Sarah loved her puppy. Spot was white. He had a black spot on his back. He was a good friend for Sarah.
2     Spot loved bones. He chewed on them. He also buried them in the backyard. He dug in the black dirt with his little white paws. Later he found his bones to chew on again. It was a game Spot played.
3     One day Spot got a new bone. It was a big bone. Spot chewed it for a while. Then he buried it. Sarah watched Spot bury his bone. He covered it with dirt. Then Spot sat down and licked his little paws. Soon his paws were white again.
4     Sarah's mom thought that Spot had enough bones. The family did not get new bones for the puppy for a little while. Spot missed having new bones. He went to get an old bone. Spot went into the backyard. He dug up an old bone to chew on.
5     Spot dragged his bone across the yard. Sarah saw the bone. Her mouth made a big "O." The bone was bigger than any of Spot's bones. In fact, it was much bigger. It was almost as long as Spot. Did the bone grow? Sarah wondered about this big bone. She had never given such a big bone to her puppy. She did not understand why the bone was so big. It was a mystery to her!
6     Spot looked very happy with this big bone at first. He tried to chew the end of it. Then he found out that the big bone was impossible to chew on. It was rock hard! Poor Spot could not chew this big bone. Sarah wondered more about the bone. She went to find her mother.
7     "Mommy, Spot found a bone," said Sarah.
8     "That's nice," said Mommy. Mommy had laundry to fold. She looked busy.
9     "But Mommy, it is a very big bone!" said Sarah. "I do not think we gave such a big bone to Spot."
10     "I am sure that big bone is fine," said Mommy. She did not want to worry about a big bone just then!
11     "Mommy!" wailed Sarah. "Don't you care about the big bone?"
12     Mommy sighed. She did not know why Sarah was so upset about a bone. She decided to go look at it. The laundry would have to wait.
13     "Show me the big bone," said Mommy patiently.

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