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Contented Cows



Contented Cows
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grade 3
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.55

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    organic, penned, sales, thermos, laughing, naturally, graze, picking, pasture, however, okay, rush, shoulder, cows, straight, fresh
     content words:    Contented Cow Farm, Contented Cow, Then Daniel


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Contented Cows
By Beth Beutler
  

1     "Do you want to come with me to milk the cows?" Grandpa asked Daniel.
 
2     Daniel looked up from his breakfast. Grandma had made him his favorite -- oatmeal with brown sugar and strawberries.
 
3     "Can I please finish my breakfast first?" he asked.
 
4     "Sure," Grandpa said. "In fact, I'll sit down and have some coffee and toast first. That okay with you?"
 
5     Daniel smiled. Grandpa was cool. He didn't seem to be in a rush. He was a great dairy farmer who worked very hard. In recent times, sales had gone down a bit. Grandpa only sold organic milk, and his cows were not penned. They were allowed to graze freely in the pasture every day on naturally grown grass.
 
6     People came from miles around to purchase the milk from Grandpa and Grandma's farm, known as "Contented Cow Farm." Customers believed that because of how the cows were raised, the milk was healthier and tastier. However, because it was a little more expensive than what could be purchased at the grocery store and times were tough, people were less inclined to drive out to the farm and buy the milk there.
 
7     Grandpa sipped his hot coffee. "I hope business will pick up soon," he said to Grandma and Daniel.
 
8     "I hope so, too," Grandma said, wringing her napkin a bit. "If it doesn't, we may have to reduce Mark's hours."

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