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A Place for Mabel
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   2.27

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    coon, mower, awesome, nope, fell, reptile, leathery, layer, missing, bits, underbrush, doing, silence, nearby, lawn, hind
     content words:    Eastern Box Turtle
A Place for Mabel

By Mary Lynn Bushong
1     "Grandpa," asked Shane as he squinted his eyes, "what's that dark lump moving in the garden?"
 
2     Grandpa picked up the field glasses from the table next to his rocking chair. He lifted them to his face and focused the lenses. He smiled.
 
3     "That's Mabel. She's an eastern box turtle. Every couple of years or so, she comes out of the woods and makes a nest in the garden for her eggs."
 
4     "A nest?" asked Shane. "You mean a nest like a bird builds?"
 
5     Grandpa shook his head. "That would be a sight, wouldn't it? Box turtles like Mabel dig holes in the ground. I walked down to watch her do it one year."
 
6     "She didn't run away?" asked Shane, his eyes wide.
 
7     "Nope, turtles don't run anywhere. She was almost done digging the hole when I got there. They are really amazing animals. They dig the hole using their hind legs and never see what they are doing. Anyway, she laid about ten eggs that time. That's a lot for a box turtle. Then, she used her hind legs again to scrape in bits of old dead leaves and grass into the hole and then filled it up with dirt."
 
8     "Do you think we could go down and watch Mabel right now?" asked Shane.
 
9     "I think we could manage that," said Grandpa. "We have to be quiet, though, and not touch her."

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Reading Comprehension
     English Reading Comprehension: A Place for Mabel
     French Reading Comprehension: Un endroit pour Mabel
     Spanish Reading Comprehension: Un Hogar para Mabel
     Italian Reading Comprehension: Un posto per Mabel
     German Reading Comprehension: Ein Platz für Mabel




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