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Maddy's Big Meltdown

Maddy was almost six years old. Her mommy and daddy loved her very much.

Maddy was almost always a good girl.

But Maddy had a temper! If she didn’t get her way, watch out!

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It was a very hot day in summer when Maddy had her BIG meltdown. It was so hot that everyone was grumpy.

Maddy had corn flakes in the morning, but the milk was warm.

Maddy did not like that. Not one bit!

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Later that day, she got a knot in her shoelace. Maddy did not like that, either.

Then her hair got stuck in her brush. Maddy got mad!

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Mommy said, “Here, let me help.”

Maddy didn’t want any help. “I can do it myself!” she said.

Her face began to turn red.

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Maddy knew ice cream would help. She asked her mom for just one scoop.

Mommy said, “Not now. After dinner.”

Uh, oh! Can you guess what happened next?

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It was terrible! Maddy turned five shades of red. She waved her arms. She stamped her feet. She huffed and puffed.

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She held her breath until her face turned purple! She fell on the floor and kicked.

Maddy howled as loud as she could,
“I WANT ICE CREAM NOW!!!!!!!!”

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This was Maddy’s worst temper tantrum EVER!

Maddy screamed louder and kicked harder. She yelled things that were not even words.

And that’s when it happened….

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Maddy turned soft, like butter or wax or melted cheese.

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She screeched like a monkey and kicked her feet. One shoe flew off. Her foot was like rubber and flopped like a fish.

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Maddy got more round. Her hands looked like mittens. Her face looked flat. Her clothes didn’t fit.

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Maddy’s lips melted together. She couldn’t scream or cry. So, it got quiet. Really quiet.

Soon nothing was left but a shaky red thing that used to be Maddy. She had turned into a blob!

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The blob began to melt. Just like an ice cream cone that has fallen onto the hot street.

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Maddy’s mommy knew just what to do.

She bent down and scooped Melted-Maddy off the floor. “Take a deep breath, Maddy,” she said. “You are going to be OK.”

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Soon, Maddy became calm. She stopped melting.

She slowly turned back to her original, pretty shape.

Her meltdown was over!

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The Big Meltdown was scary. Maddy did not want it to happen again.

Now, when Maddy gets mad she does not kick or scream. She does not turn red or turn into a blob. Instead, Maddy acts like a big girl.

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FAZ Reading Level Detail

Lexile Score 330
Word Count 423
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