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An Armful of Acorns

Deep in the forest there was a big oak tree. Its branches were filled with fat acorns.

Filbert Squirrel thought they were the best acorns ever.

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One day, Filbert and his friends went to the tree to collect acorns. The other squirrels each picked two acorns. Filbert was greedy. He collected twelve acorns.

“You can’t carry all of those, Filbert,” said his friend, Hazel. Filbert didn’t listen to her.

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The squirrels went back to their own trees after collecting the acorns. Filbert’s stack of acorns was so high that it blocked his view.

He bumped into a mama bird and knocked a worm from her beak. It fell to the forest floor and wiggled away.

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“That was our dinner!” the mama bird said in an angry voice.

“Here,” said Filbert, handing her an acorn.

“My babies can't eat acorns!” she said. The mama bird chased him from the nest.

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Filbert's friends were now far ahead. He raced to catch up.

He jumped from tree to tree until he landed on a thin branch. The branch began to bend under him.

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Filbert started to slide down the branch. He waved his arms to stop from falling. Acorns flew in all directions.

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Without the weight of the acorns, the branch sprang back into place.

Filbert was launched over the top of the tree. More acorns flew out of his hands.

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Filbert landed with a thump on something soft and fluffy. Filbert stood up and was staring at a cranky bear. The bear growled and swatted at Filbert with his giant paw.

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Filbert ran away holding his last two acorns. The angry bear chased him.

When Filbert felt the bear’s breath on his back, Filbert tossed away the acorns. They flew through the air and bonked the bear on his head.

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The bear roared and stopped. He rubbed his head.

Filbert ran home with no acorns. When he got to his tree, all of the other squirrels were sitting on a branch eating their acorns.

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“Where have you been?” asked Hazel.

Filbert told Hazel and the other squirrels about his bad day.

“Oh, Filbert, I told you not to take so many acorns,” Hazel said. “Now you don’t have any left!”

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Hazel smiled and gave Filbert one of her acorns.

Filbert thanked her and took a big bite.

Having one acorn in his hands was better than having twelve all over the ground.

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FAZ Reading Level Detail

Lexile Score 610
Word Count 400
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