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Saving Private Flowers


Saving Private Flowers
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grade 3
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.91

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    mowing, tending, woosh, immediately, section, mower, actually, yeah, fare, spill, working, gallon, design, catalog, bits, certain


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Saving Private Flowers
By Beth Beutler
  

1     Today we were going outside to plant spring flowers. Hooray! This was a fun time of year. I had a private garden in one corner of the yard. Back in the winter, when our plant catalogs came, mother would let me pick out a certain number of plants. We couldn't wait for the warm weather to come. We looked forward to working with the rich soil, getting dirt up to our elbows! We'd plant and water carefully. I was like a doctor tending patients, only I was tending Impatiens!
 
2     Actually, this year I had picked marigolds, petunias and creeping violets from the catalog. I planned to design my bed to have the creeping violets in the first row, so they could spill into the grass. The second row would be pink and white petunias. At the top would be a small section of marigolds, shaped in a way that would look like the sun shining down on the flowers.
 
3     One day, while I was standing beside my garden, feeling so proud, my brother was mowing the lawn. He had his headphones on and was listening to some of that rock music he loves. He was driving the mower toward my garden and not really paying attention to anything!
 
4     I yelled, "Hit the brake! Hit the brake!"

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