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Feelin' the Beat: A Buddy Bolden Story

“Boooo!” yelled the crowd.

A tomato sailed through the air and hit the cornet player. Another bounced off the bass.

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Soon the crowd left and the three band members were alone in the room. They shook their heads.

“Even I can’t stand our playin’,” Hattie the heron said, wiping tomato off her bass.

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“We know the songs! What are we doin’ wrong?” Louie the bullfrog asked.

Hattie and Andy the Alligator hung their heads. Music was meant to be fun, but this wasn’t fun!

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Andy and Hattie began to pack up their things. Louie slumped next to the piano bench.

“All I want to do is play music and have some fun,” Louie sighed.

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Louie closed his eyes. He listened to the hum of the stage lights.

Then his eyes popped open!

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FAZ Reading Level Detail

Lexile Score 390
Word Count 562
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