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Monkey Business


Monkey Business
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grade 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.51

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    naturally, zookeepers, racing, among, often, become, trouble, life, cage, course, fact, important, torn, bars, dejected, extra


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Monkey Business   

1     Matilda took a look around her cage. She looked at her two baby monkeys, Dominick and Dana as they played down below. They were arguing with one another over a loaf of bread -- a treat from the zoo keeper. Life at this zoo was pretty dreary at times. Her babies were often dejected because they were bored. When they got that way, they also got destructive -- they had already torn open a stuffed ball they were given to play with and tipped the monkey bars over sideways. They were always getting themselves into trouble! Of course, most of the people who would approach the cage thought it was pretty entertaining -- they would exclaim with joy over Dominick and Dana's antics.
 
2     Matilda had to admit they were awfully cute sometimes. Once, Dominick tied an old skate on his foot and scooted along the floor, racing with Dana and boasting in a loud voice. He would weave among their toys with Dana close behind, laughing uncontrollably.

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