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George Washington Carver: The Plant Doctor
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 6 to 8
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   5.52

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     challenging words:    animals-a, biofuel, black-eyed, briquettes, non-President, showing, sickly, robust, raiders, handyman, suet, foundation, droughts, purpose, hardworking, lifetime
     content words:    Susan Carver, Diamond Grove, Moses Carver, Civil War, When George, Mariah Watkins, Andrew Watkins, Simpson College, Booker T., George W.
George Washington Carver: The Plant Doctor

By Cindy Grigg
1     In the 1860s, Moses and Susan Carver lived on a small farm near Diamond Grove, Missouri. The Carvers owned one slave. Her name was Mary. Mary had two small children. The boys were named James and George. The boys' father died before George was born.
 
2     One night, raiders came to the Carver farm. They stole Mary and the two boys. George was only a baby, and James was about six years old. The men took them to sell them again as slaves. Moses Carver hired a man to find his slave. The man was able to get the boys, but he couldn't find Mary.
 
3     After the Civil War ended in 1865, all slaves were free. Moses and Susan Carver didn't have any children. They raised George and James as their own. The boys worked hard on the Carver farm. George was always a sickly child. He helped "Aunt Sue," as the boys called Mrs. Carver, with the housework. He collected eggs from the henhouse. He churned butter. He helped plant the garden. One of George's favorite chores was picking persimmons in the fall.
 
4     Another of George's favorite things was exploring the woods around their home. He collected rocks. He kept pet frogs. He also kept a secret flower garden of his own. For the hardworking farmers of that time, it was "foolishness to waste time on flowers," George later said. It was during this time that people began to call him "the plant doctor."

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