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Jay's Perfect Pumpkin
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grade 1
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   0.92

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    wait, hardly, bumpy, could, counted, cows, folded, jack-o, packed, pies, pines, rows, scary, ahead, behind, care


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Jay's Perfect Pumpkin
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     Jay could hardly wait. It was fall at last!
 
2     The trees were turning colors. The air was cooler. School had started.
 
3     Jay loved the fall. Jay loved pumpkins, too. Fall meant pumpkin time.
 
4     Pumpkins meant it was time for pie. It meant jack-o'-lanterns. It meant Halloween.
 
5     Jay liked to plan his pumpkin faces. He made sad pumpkin faces. He made scary pumpkin faces, too.
 
6     He made faces for tall pumpkins. He made faces for short, fat pumpkins.
 
7     Jay did not know what pumpkin he would get. He wanted to be ready.
 
8     Then, one day, Dad was ready. It was pumpkin day. Jay could hardly wait.
 
9     Mom packed a lunch for them. They had sandwiches, apples, and cookies. They had milk to drink.
 
10     The pumpkin farm was not close. They had to drive a long way.
 
11     Jay tried to make the time go fast. He looked out the car window. He counted the cows he saw. He counted the horses, too.
 
12     They passed forests. The pines stood in rows. Dad said those were tree farms.
 
13     Finally, they got to the pumpkin farm. There was a sign at the gate. It had a picture of a pumpkin on it. It was a very big, orange pumpkin.
 
14     The farm road was bumpy. There were cars ahead. There were cars behind them.

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