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Rascal and the Rattlesnake, Part 2


Rascal and the Rattlesnake, Part 2
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grade 3
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   2.76

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    barks, bounding, budge, coiled, rattler, yank, fetch, pounded, reptile, rattlesnake, birth, working, comfort, barked, obey, cure
     content words:    Yesterday Rascal


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Rascal and the Rattlesnake, Part 2   

1     Jacob noticed Hannah standing very still. His feet pounded the ground as he ran to her. "What's taking you so long?" he asked. The teasing died away as he, too, heard the buzz that had struck fear into his sister.
 
2     "It's a rattler," Hannah said softly, unable to tear her gaze away from the deadly reptile.
 
3     "It's a young one, probably a year old," Jacob said. He looked at the grayish snake. Its head was shaped like a triangle, and it had light blotches down its sides. The head and tail were in the air, with its body lying coiled on dry leaves and pine needles. "It only has three rattles on its tail."
 
4     "Young or old, there's no cure if it bites us," Hannah said, trembling.
 
5     "We're not within its striking distance. Let's back away slowly." Jacob tugged on her arm, but Hannah didn't budge. When the rattler's head moved slightly, she gasped.
 
6     Rascal must have been sleeping with one ear up. The dog shook himself awake and raced to Jacob and Hannah's aid.
 
7     Rascal's manner changed as soon as he got there. His eyes were on the snake. He growled as he crept forward, putting himself between Hannah and the snake. The snake's tongue darted in and out of its mouth. Rascal uttered several short barks. Slowly the dog began to move in a circle around the snake. The snake followed his movement. Rascal was drawing the snake away from the children!
 
8     "Jacob, he's going to get hurt!" Hannah whispered fearfully.
 
9     Jacob tried to comfort Hannah. "No, he's not. He's brave and smart. Wait and see; he'll prove it." Giving her arm one last yank, Jacob pulled Hannah away from the snake. Then they both turned and ran back to the cabin.

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