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Mystery of the Missing Birthday



Mystery of the Missing Birthday
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 2 to 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.02

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     challenging words:    mystery, missing, pages, certificate, picked, moment, lemonade, born, album, lamp, photo, figure, month, birth, also, through
     content words:    Five-year-old Ben


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Mystery of the Missing Birthday
By Colleen Messina
  

1     Five-year-old Ben was visiting Grandma, and they had spent a happy summer afternoon looking at old photographs and eating popcorn. Grandma went to the kitchen for a moment to get some lemonade for them to drink. When she came back, Ben was very upset.
 
2     "Grandma, my birthday is missing!" cried Ben.
 
3     "What do you mean? Your birthday is your own special day. It can't go away," said Grandma. She did not know how Ben could think his birthday was gone.
 
4     Ben pointed to a table beside the sofa. On the table was a lamp. Next to the lamp was a photo album. A small calendar was also on the table. Ben kept crying harder and harder until he could not say a word. His face was red. His blue eyes were red.
 
5     Poor Grandma! She picked up the photo album and opened it. She found a picture of Ben when he was a tiny baby. She pointed to his fat tummy.
 
6     "This picture was taken right after you were born. Your birthday was a wonderful day," said Grandma. She was hoping this picture would help Ben.
 
7     "No, no, no!" said Ben. "My birthday is gone."
 
8     Poor Grandma!

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