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Carl the Worm Wrangler



Carl the Worm Wrangler
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   2.03

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    wrinkling, grounds, material, fertilizer, easily, mesh, actually, calcium, potassium, pounds, lawn, several, pound, handle, subject, certainly
     content words:    Was Carl


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Carl the Worm Wrangler
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     "You're growing what?" Josh asked incredulously.
 
2     "Worms," said Carl. A smile crept into the corner of his mouth. "You know, the little wrigglers you put on a hook to catch fish?"
 
3     "Yuck," said Josh, wrinkling his nose. "I don't know how you can stand to be around them, much less handle them. They're so slimy, and they're nasty looking, too."
 
4     "I'm not going to let a little bit of slime stop me," said Carl. "I think worms could be big business."
 
5     "Why would anyone care about worms?" asked Josh.
 
6     "Do you like to eat?" asked Carl.
 
7     "What kind of question is that?" Josh was perplexed. Was Carl trying to change the subject or just confuse him? He certainly wouldn't want to eat worms!
 
8     "Worms are great soil builders," said Carl. "You cannot grow food well if there aren't enough worms in the ground."
 
9     "You still haven't answered my question," said Josh. "How can worms affect plants?"

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