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Shoo Fly, I Want Pie!
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   4.25

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    fly-prints, horse-drawn, yoder, windowsill, molasses, definitely, satisfaction, baker, carriage, actually, cutting, working, feeling, country, simple, lived
Shoo Fly, I Want Pie!

By Beth Beutler
1     "Who would want to eat a pie called 'shoo fly' pie?" Madison thought to herself.
 
2     Madison and her family were on a trip to Pennsylvania. They were visiting the Amish country and learning about these intriguing people who lived life in a much simpler way. So far, it had been a very interesting trip. Because her life was so full and busy, Madison found it fascinating to actually meet people who spent their days working hard on a farm, going to school, and enjoying each other's company. She wondered what it would be like to live in a home with no electricity, to ride in a horse-drawn carriage to school, and to grow her own vegetables.
 
3     Today, Madison and her family were having lunch with an Amish family. It was a simple meal of biscuits, meat, and fresh carrots. Now the lady of the family, Mrs. Yoder, was asking them if they'd like dessert.
 
4     "I have some shoo fly pie ready. Would you like some?" Mrs. Yoder asked as she poured coffee into white mugs.
 
5     Madison made a face, and her mom tapped her knee under the table. Fortunately, Mrs. Yoder had been looking the other way.
 
6     "Yes, Ma'am," Madison said. "What is shoo fly pie?"
 
7     Mrs. Yoder went to her windowsill and carried a pie to the middle of the table.
 
8     "Shoo fly pie is a pie made with a very sweet mixture of molasses, shortening, brown sugar, spices, and salt," Mrs. Yoder answered. She cut a small piece of pie for Madison.
 
9     Madison hesitantly took a bite. The sweet goo began to melt all over her tongue, and a smile broke out on her face.

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