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Great-aunt Felicia's Favorite Movie


Great-aunt Felicia's Favorite Movie
Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grade 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.51

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    all-time, confucius, eye-watering, great-aunt, heartbreaking, substantial, entertainment, slavery, assistant, wealthy, batch, rent, compromise, whiff, better, duration
     content words:    Great-aunt Felicia, Aunt Felicia, To Todd, When Bianca, Star Wars, Scarlett O'Hara, Civil War, Finally Scarlett, Rhett Butler


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Great-aunt Felicia's Favorite Movie
By Brenda B. Covert
  

1     It was a rainy Saturday afternoon. Great-aunt Felicia was preparing a substantial meal of bean soup and cornbread. An apple pie sat cooling on the kitchen table.
 
2     "That's gigantic pot of soup, Aunt Felicia," Bianca said, coming into the kitchen with her cousin, Todd.
 
3     "I like to make a big batch," Aunt Felicia said as she sliced some polish sausage and added it to a sizzling skillet. "Now be a lamb and hand me that spatula." She pointed to the one lying on the counter.
 
4     Todd grabbed for it, but Bianca was quicker. She handed it to her great-aunt, who said, "Thank you, dear. I'm going to appoint you as my assistant chef."
 
5     "What can I do?" Todd asked, though he didn't usually find kitchen duty to be appealing.
 
6     Aunt Felicia beamed at Bianca. "Confucius said, 'Virtue is not left to stand alone. He who practices it will have neighbors.' It worked!" To Todd she said, "You may hand me the plate of chopped onions." He did, taking an eye-watering whiff first.
 
7     Aunt Felicia transferred the onions to the skillet, and soon the aroma of sautéed sausage and onions filled the air.
 
8     With the children helping, dinner was soon ready. Great-aunt Felicia sat three steaming bowls of bean and sausage soup on the table, along with the cornbread. When Bianca reached for the smallest piece, Aunt Felicia said, "That's an awfully puny slice you're taking."
 
9     Bianca grinned. "It's not good manners to take the biggest piece," she said, nudging Todd, who had just taken a much larger helping.

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