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The Twists and Turns of Pretzel History
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     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 5 to 7
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   6.89

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    pretiola, townspeople, happening, medieval, popularity, vendors, dated, margin, invasion, fairs, monk, theory, traditional, emperor, prayer, possibly
     content words:    Snack Food Association
The Twists and Turns of Pretzel History

By Beth Beutler
1     "Here you go, child," the monk said as he handed the boy a twisted piece of baked bread. "You said your prayers very well."
 
2     The monk was giving this child a "pretiola," or "little reward." The monks took small pieces of dough and shaped them so they looked like children's arms folded in prayer. And thus, it is said, the "pretzel" was born.
 
3     Pretzels are a very popular snack and have been around for a very long time. In fact, a rendering of a pretzel appears in a painting dated from 1559! However, the tradition of monks giving pretzels as "little rewards" is thought to have taken place around the year 610.

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     Spanish Reading Comprehension: Los Giros de la Historia del Pretzel




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