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Hey, Kool-Aid



Hey, Kool-Aid
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     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   7.23

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     challenging words:    busting, inexpensive, Kool-Ade, production, hometown, focus, smiley, commercial, thoughts, public, ever, order, goods, appear, chemistry, household
     content words:    Edwin Perkins, Perkins Products, Fruit Smack, World War II, General Foods


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Hey, Kool-Aid
By Tammy Scarbrough
  

1     Have you ever tasted your favorite flavor of Kool-Aid® on a hot summer day? It tastes like the best thing in the world. Believe it or not, there was a time when this powdered drink did not exist except in the mind of its inventor.
 
2     Edwin Perkins was a typical child in Nebraska who liked to mix things together in the kitchen to see how they would taste. He loved to study chemistry and tried to invent things. His father owned a little store in his hometown. This was during the time that Jell-O was first introduced to the public. Edwin really liked the new product.
 
3     When he was about eleven years old, he sent away in the mail for a book that would show him how to mix things together. He was very interested in how things worked or tasted once two or more products were mixed. When he was a little older, he sent away for a kit that would give him ideas and instruction on becoming a manufacturer, which is someone who makes things with their hands or machines. Perkins developed many different products. When he was 25 years old, he had invented enough products that he set up his own mail order business, called Perkins Products, to sell his household goods to the public.

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