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Nathan's Spirit Horse, Part 2



Nathan's Spirit Horse, Part 2
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.22

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     challenging words:    cunning, hitching, pointed, stalked, tether, ticklish, colonist, pressing, teepee, bravery, bond, rags, especially, finding, during, longer
     content words:    Laughing Bear, John Ironhorse, Ken Eaglefeather


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Nathan's Spirit Horse, Part 2
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     The next day during his horse care lessons, Nathan asked Laughing Bear the question that had been pressing on his mind.
 
2     "Laughing Bear, what is a spirit horse?"
 
3     "A spirit horse is one with special markings, like yours. Many have only a single hand shape. Some have only the war bonnet. Yours is special. He has a war bonnet and two hand prints. He is endowed with good medicine, or luck."
 
4     "If he's such a special horse, how did I end up with him?" asked Nathan suspiciously.
 
5     "Many have wanted to choose him for their own, but he chose you. The bond between a spirit horse and his rider should be special."
 
6     "Is that why some of the others have given me a hard time? They are jealous?"
 
7     Laughing Bear nodded his head. "Many have coveted him. They may also try to steal him. The bond you establish may bring him back to you if he is taken."
 
8     "Someone would be allowed to steal my horse?" asked an astonished Nathan.

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