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A Bit of Doggerel

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A Bit of Doggerel
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Reading Level
     edHelper's suggested reading level:   grades 3 to 4
     Flesch-Kincaid grade level:   1.87

Vocabulary
     challenging words:    doggerel, elegy, longer, tears, minutes, pets, shoulder, form, sounds, straight, arms, better, grief, writing, sniff, extra


A Bit of Doggerel
By Mary Lynn Bushong
  

1     "Mom, why do pets have to die?" asked Willem.
 
2     "It's sad, but all living things die," said Mom as she put her arm around Willem's shoulder. "There are things you can do to help yourself feel better. I like to write about the one who is gone."
 
3     "You mean you make up a story about the person?" asked Willem as he sat up straighter to look at his mother.
 
4     "I'm sure you could do that," said Mom. "What I was thinking of was to write down memories so you won't forget Skipper. You could also write a poem about him."
 
5     "Poems are too hard," said Willem, shaking his head. "They have to rhyme, and they have too many rules."
 
6     "I think you might be surprised about that," said Mom. "There are many kinds of poems; some don't rhyme. What they do is speak from the heart. Some are happy, but many are sad. Maybe we could work on a poem together."
 
7     "Could we? I'll get some paper and a pencil!" said Willem.
 
8     When he returned, Willem and his mother sat down at the kitchen table.
 
9     "How do we start?" he asked.

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