A girl named Amanda went to the beach. In her hand was a pail. She had come to dig for clams. They would make a fine clam chowder. Amanda's mother would fix them for Thanksgiving dinner.
It was a cool day. The sun warmed her face. She dug in the sand. At last she had six clams. She put them in her pail. They would taste so good with milk!
A boy played nearby with a toy plane. Once it landed near Amanda. She gave it back to him. He did not thank her for her kindness. He was shy. He took his plane and ran away.
Amanda needed more clams. She worked fast, and she found five more clams. With a pail full of clams, she set out for home.
During the walk, she began to think about Thanksgiving dinner. Her family would have a feast! There would be turkey and dressing, clam chowder, corn, green beans, and salad with nuts in it. There would be hot rolls and mashed potatoes. There would be pie and cake for dessert!
Amanda ran the rest of the way home!
Her mother said, "My, how slow you are today!" She was teasing. "Will you help me cook the clams?"
"Yes, I like to cook!" said Amanda.Paragraphs 9 to 23:
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