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Birthday Dress Up


Birthday Dress Up
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grade 3
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.18

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    dishwasher, markham, pendant, rhinestone, through, raced, rack, silence, kettle, rested, pint, upstairs, carpet, lift, wire, rain
     content words:    Then Vicki, Grandma James, First World War, Then Jill


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Birthday Dress Up
By Mary L. Bushong
  

1     Jill and Vicki raced through the rain puddles on the sidewalk in a competition to see who could get to Jill's house first. They galloped up to Jill's front door screeching with laughter.
 
2     Jill's mother was there to greet them as they came in.
 
3     "Good. You're just in time. Put your shoes on the newspaper spread over there," she pointed to the wall, "and come to the kitchen."
 
4     The tea kettle on the stove was whistling loudly when they walked down the hall carpet into the kitchen. A hot blueberry pie rested on a wire rack on the counter and two pots bubbled on the stove.
 
5     "Wow," said Vicki. "This is one fancy birthday dinner. I've never heard of birthday pie before."
 
6     The girls thought the meal was great. For dessert, mom got out a pint of Jill's favorite brand of vanilla ice cream to go with the pie. Everyone was quiet when they finally stopped eating. Then Vicki broke the silence.
 
7     "That was such a good meal, Mrs. Markham. I can't remember when I have had such good a pie," she said.
 
8     "Thank you, Vicki," responded Mrs. Markham. " I have a surprise for you two upstairs. I was going through some of Grandma James' things and found some of her old dresses and her costume jewelry. I thought you might enjoy trying a few things on."
 
9     " That would be great, Mom!" said Jill. "Let's go put the dishes into the dishwasher so we can go up," she said to her friend.

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