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Welcome to Crescent City


Welcome to Crescent City
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grade 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.21

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    air-conditioning, bayou, eatery, jambalaya, paper-wrapped, po-boy, po-boys, sustenance, tailor-made, trolleys, white-bearded, wrought, concoction, traditional, trolley, jazz
     content words:    Cousin Wesley, Mardi Gras, Uncle Ray, Then Cody, French Market, Preservation Hall, French Quarter, New Orleans, Was Wesley


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Welcome to Crescent City
By Brenda B. Covert
  

1     The first thing Cody noticed as he climbed into Uncle Ray's car was a cluster of necklaces hanging from the rearview mirror. Gold, green, and purple beads glinted in the sunlight.
 
2     Cody leaned toward his companion in the back seat and whispered, "What's up with the jewelry?"
 
3     Cousin Wesley grinned. "They're a souvenir from Mardi Gras."
 
4     Uncle Ray glanced back at the boys. "What'll it be, kids? I'm in the mood for either a po-boy or some jambalaya."
 
5     Cody shrugged helplessly, and Wesley laughed. "Let's get po-boys," he said.
 
6     "What's a po-boy? It doesn't sound like anything I want to put in my mouth!" Cody warned.
 
7     Uncle Ray informed him that a po-boy was a large sandwich, made with French bread and packed full of good things. Besides lettuce, tomatoes and mustard, it could be stuffed with roast beef, chicken, or even fried shrimp! It originated during the Depression as a cheap meal.
 
8     "Combine that with a large serving of fries, and you won't get hungry the rest of the week!" his uncle joked.

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