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Monster From the Deep

A shark came upon three little creatures:
a crab, squid, and fish.

He smiled with rows of teeth and said,
“Now here is what I wish.”

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“You will get me lunch,
and you will clean my teeth.

You will watch for my friends
who hang out by the reef.”

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“I know you do not like these tasks,
and would rather not obey.

But my teeth are sharp, and I am strong.
So, you’d best do what I say!”

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The crab found lunch, the squid cleaned teeth,
and the fish watched for the shark’s friends.

And day after day, week after week,
the shark came back again.

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One day the squid said to his friends,
“I'm sick of chores all day!

I have a plan that just may keep
this mean old shark away.”

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When the shark came back to visit,
the three could not be found.

“If they're not here, I'll eat them for lunch!”
And he went to look around.

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Then from the reef a shadow came
horrible and fierce.

It had eight long legs, big sharp fangs
and two claws made to pierce.

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“I'm a monster from the deep,
with a message you must hear.”

And though the shark was mighty,
he shook and shook with fear.

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“The creatures you have been bullying,
you must leave them alone!”

“I will, I promise!” cried the shark,
and then he swam for home.

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From the reef came fish, crab, and squid.
Their sneaky trick was done.

Three little creatures make one scary monster,
when they all work as one!

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FAZ Reading Level Detail

Lexile Score 650
Word Count 259
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