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The Mystery of the Wild Thing in the Kitchen



The Mystery of the Wild Thing in the Kitchen
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.82

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    bathrobe, bolted, hand-like, pillowcase, plunger, unwelcome, tingly, theory, protest, clearly, blonde, padded, nearly, scream, world, forward
     content words:    Six-year-old Cheryl, Wild Things Are, As Mommy, Whenever Grandma, Things Are


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The Mystery of the Wild Thing in the Kitchen
By Colleen Messina
  

1     The scream heard ‘round the world, or at least ‘round the neighborhood, happened at precisely 7:30 A.M. on a Saturday morning. Six-year-old Cheryl skipped down to the kitchen for breakfast and saw something strange. A mysterious creature peered at her with its round, black eyes. She screamed and ran upstairs to get her mother. She had never seen a wild thing in their kitchen before!
 
2     "Mommy, wake up!" said Cheryl as she shook her mom's shoulder.
 
3     The tired woman turned over and sleepily looked at her excited child. She had planned on sleeping in a little bit later on this weekend morning. Her light blonde hair spread over her blue pillowcase like streaks of morning sunlight.
 
4     "What is wrong?" she asked.

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