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The Legend of the White Deer

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Native Americans


The Legend of the White Deer
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 5
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.81

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    extremely, intent, lashes, obsidian, shaft, sinew, refused, warrior, properly, ghostly, meantime, fell, pressed, stony, onto, moonlight
     content words:    Bright Moon, Blue Jay


The Legend of the White Deer
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     Blue Jay sat on the ground and tried to pay attention to his work. It took concentration to properly tie the arrowhead to the arrow shaft with a strip of sinew. The deer whose sinew he used would help him to get more deer.
 
2     He glanced up at Bright Moon who was working just outside of her father's wigwam. She had the eyes of a doe, large and dark, fringed with long lashes. As if drawn by his intent gaze, she looked up and met his eye. Then she smiled, and it was like the sun had come out from behind a cloud.
 
3     Bright Moon looked away first, but Blue Jay was acutely aware of her. Blue Jay, too, dropped his eyes. It would not do to let them speak so eloquently of his love for the chief's daughter.
 
4     The chief, he thought. As much as Bright Moon loved Blue Jay, the chief disliked him. He could imagine what the chief would say when he asked for Bright Moon's hand in marriage. Still, he needed to know.
 
5     Blue Jay went to speak with the chief that night. The chief listened in stony silence and stared past the young warrior when he was finished with his request. Finally, he spoke.

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