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A Special Request
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 2 to 3
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   2.47

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    businesslike, claus, clipboard, collective, elves, glee, gleeful, nudge, overtime, squeaky, workshop, lined, hallway, belly, lists, onto
     content words:    From Zachary, Christmas Eve, Santa Paws, As Santa
A Special Request

By Phyllis Naegeli
1     Santa sat at his desk and read a letter from a young boy. He made a few notes and then sat back in his chair with a sigh.
 
2     "That was a deep sigh," said Mrs. Claus as she set down a cup of steaming hot cocoa on Santa's desk.
 
3     Santa smiled. "It was a sigh of joy." He reached over and picked up the letter. "Listen to this," he said turning in his chair to face Mrs. Claus. "Dear Santa, I want many things for Christmas. But you don't have to bring me anything this year. Instead, can you bring some gifts to the animals in shelters? They sure could use something to play with while they wait for new homes. Thanks. From Zachary."
 
4     "What a great idea!" said Mrs. Claus. "Do you think you have time to add that to your Christmas Eve schedule?"
 
5     "I think so," said Santa. "I need to talk to the elves and have them gather up the things we need."
 
6     "It's such a busy time of year. They will have to work overtime," Mrs. Claus said with concern in her voice.
 
7     Santa picked up his cup of cocoa and took a sip. "It's for a good cause," said Santa with a twinkle in his eye. "I'm sure they'll want to help." Santa paused for a moment. "We'll call it 'Operation Santa Paws'."
 
8     Mrs. Claus laughed. "How clever!" she said. "I guess you should go to the workshop and let them know."
 
9     "No better time than now." Santa finished his cocoa and rose from his chair. He handed the empty cup to Mrs. Claus. "Thank you, dear. That was delicious."
 
10     Mrs. Claus smiled. "Let me know how it goes with the elves," said Mrs. Claus as her husband walked out of his office.
 
11     "I will," Santa said with a wave.
 
12     Santa went to the hallway closet and pulled on his red coat. He buttoned up the large black buttons and clasped the wide belt around his round belly. He took his cap off the shelf and pulled it onto his head. With a "ho, ho, ho," he was out the door and on his way to the elves' workshop.
 
13     When he arrived, the elves were busy finishing the wish lists for boys and girls around the world. Colorful toys lined the shelves along the walls. The decorations on the tree in the corner of the workshop glistened brightly. The elves chattered noisily as they went about their work. As Santa walked through the door, the elves stopped and greeted him with a hearty collective, "Hi, Santa!"
 
14     The head elf walked over to Santa in a very businesslike manner. He glanced down at his clipboard and then greeted Santa. "Good morning, Santa. What brings you here today?"

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