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Grapefruit Bowling


Grapefruit Bowling
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grade 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.72

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    configuration, psst, Umphh, Whoooppp, fluorescent, appetite, possibility, better, tournament, stalks, possible, triangular, bowling, crave, conceal, become
     content words:    Randy Banana


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Grapefruit Bowling
By Beth Beutler
  

1     Gilbert the Grapefruit had a big appetite. He sure liked to eat. This was really funny because he was a food himself, but it didn't seem to bother him. He just got fatter and fatter. Every time he looked in the mirror he would see his dimensions growing, but he thought that is what he was supposed to do. After all, grapefruits were to be big and juicy, right?
 
2     Gilbert had a lot of fruity friends. They hung out in the produce aisle of the local grocery store, trying to conceal themselves so they would not be picked to go home with someone. At night, when the store was closed, they sometimes got bored. So they made up games to pass the time.
 
3     Tonight they had decided to have a bowling tournament. At one end of the aisle, they set up stalks of broccoli in a triangular configuration. Then the round fruits and vegetables would roll themselves down the aisle, trying to knock down as many stalks as possible. This was part of the reason Gilbert was trying to grow. He knew he could knock down more stalks than anyone if he was large enough. He couldn't wait to give it a try. The store would be closing in just an hour, so he'd be ready.
 
4     He hadn't thought much about the possibility, though, of someone purchasing him. He'd forgotten how attractive he had become as he'd grown larger and juicier. He was sitting in his tray, just soaking in the fluorescent lights when he heard something. It was Randy Banana.
 
5     "Psst," Randy whispered.
 
6     "What?" Gilbert answered.
 
7     "Don't look now, but I think that lady wants to buy you," Randy replied.
 
8     "What lady?"

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