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Why is February the Shortest Month?
|edHelper's suggested reading level:||grades 4 to 5|
|Flesch-Kincaid grade level:||4.39|
By Phyllis Naegeli
1 Carrie walked around the party store trying to choose a theme for her birthday. She picked up a Hawaiian lei and put it down. She looked at the princess items and shook her head.
2 "Maybe I won't have a party this year," she said to her mom. "It's not really my birthday anyway."
3 "Oh, Carrie," said Mom. "I know it's hard to have your birthday on February 29th. We can still celebrate another year of your life even though the calendar doesn't show the day."
4 "Why does February have to be the shortest month? If all the months had the same number of days, I'd have a birthday!" Carrie cried.
5 Mom put her arm across Carrie's shoulder. "Let's pick what we need for your birthday party. I have to go to the bookstore, too. We'll look for a book on calendars while we're there."
6 "Okay," said Carrie.
7 She decided to have a Hawaiian theme for her birthday. They bought floral leis and grass skirts. They ordered balloons that looked like palm trees and a big banner that had a beach scene on it. As they found everything they needed, Carried cheered up a little.
8 After making their purchases, they walked to the bookstore at the mall. They went to the children's section to see what they could find. Carrie found a book with the poem:
9 "Thirty Days Hath September
10 April, June, and November.
11 All the rest have Thirty-One
12 Save for February with Twenty-Eight
13 And in Leap Year Twenty-Nine."
14 Carrie looked up at Mom. "It doesn't tell why February got the short end of the stick, though."
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