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The Serpent and the Eagle



The Serpent and the Eagle
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 4 to 6
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   3.82

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    mangy, agile, serpent, beyond, refused, opening, eagle, easily, snatch, swoop, winding, grip, onto, subdue, hurried, return


The Serpent and the Eagle
By Brenda B. Covert
  

1     The eagle flew beyond the forest and over the open field. With eagle eyes he scanned the earth. What tasty prey might be found creeping along through the tall grass? He saw a man with a backpack. He was hiking across the field. He had a sturdy walking stick in one hand and a water bottle in the other. A pair of binoculars hung from his neck. He stopped and lifted the bottle to his lips.
 
2     The eagle dismissed him and continued his search.
 
3     There, on a large, flat rock near a winding brook, lay a serpent. It seemed to be dozing in the warm sun. The eagle could easily snatch it up and carry it away to eat.
 
4     The eagle swooped down toward the serpent. He stretched out his talons to grasp his prey. The serpent was asleep. This would be easy.
 
5     As the eagle's claws closed around the serpent, the serpent acted quickly. It snaked its body around the eagle. Instead of soaring up and away, the eagle was slammed to the ground. The serpent held fast to the eagle.

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