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Chicken Lips and Lizard Hips
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grade 1
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   2

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    lizard, chicken, balls, buzzard, ears, eggs, hips, pies, rears, salamander, shim-sham, tasty, toenail, yuck, yucky, alligator
     content words:    Dulcimer Week, North Carolina, Dessert Surprise, Ghost Chickens
Chicken Lips and Lizard Hips

By Kathleen W. Redman
1     "Chicken lips and lizard hips and alligator eyes," the children sang. "Monkey legs and buzzard eggs and salamander thighs."
 
2     Mike took a deep breath. He did not feel so good. He hoped they were not singing about dinner!
 
3     It was Dulcimer Week in North Carolina.
 
4     Many people had come to Swannanoa to learn about dulcimers. They would learn about many other mountain customs, too.
 
5     Mike's mother and father could play dulcimers. They had made their own dulcimers last year.
 
6     The children sang, "Rabbit ears and camel rears and tasty toenail pies. You stir them all together, and it's called Dessert Surprise!"
 
7     "Yuck," Mike thought. "Yuck, yuck, yuck!"
 
8     He was glad the song was over.
 
9     The next morning Mike walked to the meal tent. He sat down with his mother and father.
 
10     He looked at his plate. "That looks like a buzzard egg," he said.
 
11     His father laughed. "That is just a hen egg," he said.
 
12     "Where are you going today?" his mother asked.
 
13     "I am not telling. You will find out later," Mike said. "What are you going to do?"

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     Spanish Reading Comprehension: Labios de pollo y caderas de lagarto




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