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Midnight Harvest


Midnight Harvest
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grade 3
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.48

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    propped, harvester, pitchfork, fell, hood, leafy, pajamas, picking, deal, above, noisy, casual, tramp, mind, instead, toward
     content words:    Lucas Lizard, Harold Hare


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Midnight Harvest   

1     Lucas Lizard propped up his feet as he sat on his back porch. He knew that some people thought he was a lazy farmer, but he knew better. He wasn't lazy, just casual. As the sun began to go down, he went inside to fix his supper and get ready for bed. He did not see a figure in a hood move toward the field of vegetables.
 
2     Harold Hare had just come from the city. Earlier that day, he had stopped in a bakery for a jelly roll. After eating it, he went to pay for it, but he could not find the coin he had kept in his pocket. The owner of the shop called him a tramp and made him leave. That hurt his feelings.
 
3     Harold was tired and hungry for some real food. The jelly roll had been good, but it did not make him feel good after a while. The field of vegetables smelled really good to his twitching nose. Maybe his luck had changed at last, and he could get a job. Instead of stopping at the house, Harold went out to the field. He was afraid the farmer would just tell him to go away.
 
4     The shed near the field had baskets to put the food in. Harold took one basket and a shovel out to the field and began to work. He thought, if he helped harvest the crops he might be allowed to eat some of it.
 
5     It was not long before he found some lovely carrots, green leafy lettuce and some choice, round, yellow onions. Soon the first basket was full and he went to get another one. It was not long before the second one was filled with corn of excellent quality. Harold could almost taste its sweetness as he handled each ear.

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