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Cookies for Mom
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.32

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    entire, screen, meals, sympathetic, shocked, slammed, however, rough, expect, regard, several, lived, husband, woman, obvious, seconds
     content words:    Aunt Alice, Then Jennifer


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Cookies for Mom
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     The screen door slammed shut, but there was no sound of footsteps coming up the stairs to the kitchen. Aunt Alice waited to see if it was Jennifer coming over for a visit. When no one came into the room, she called out, "I'm in the kitchen. Is that you, Jennifer?"
 
2     There was still no answer. Aunt Alice went to see who was there. Jennifer sat on the first step with her face in her hands, sobbing quietly.
 
3     "What is wrong, dear? Are you okay?" asked Aunt Alice as she moved down the steps to sit beside the girl. Aunt Alice put her arm around Jennifer and tried to console her.
 
4     Jennifer had lived for her entire fourteen years in the house next to the old woman. Aunt Alice was not really a relative, but she was as close to the family as any blood relative could be. She loved to make cookies, and every week she would make some to take to all of the neighbor children. However, she had a special place in her heart for Jennifer's family. Aunt Alice lived alone now that her husband had passed away. Her own children had grown up and had families of their own.
 
5     Jennifer came over to Aunt Alice's house almost every day after school just to talk or help out around the house. She felt that she could talk about anything with the older woman, but today the words just would not come.

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