Leap! A Salmon's Story

Leap! A Salmon's Story

Leap! A Salmon’s Story A Reading A–Z Level K Leveled Book Word Count: 400 Leap! A Salmon’s Story Written by Sharon Fear Illustrated by David Cockcro...

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Leap! A Salmon’s Story A Reading A–Z Level K Leveled Book Word Count: 400

Leap! A Salmon’s Story

Written by Sharon Fear Illustrated by David Cockcroft

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Table of Contents

Born to Leap

Born to Leap. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4

From the beginning, she was different. The moment she hatched from her tiny pink egg, she tried to leap. But she couldn’t!

Leaving Home . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 7 The Bear . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Home Again. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14 Glossary . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Leap! A Salmon’s Story • Level K

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The yolk from her egg hung from her belly. It slowed her down. 4

“Oh, now how she could leap! All salmon are great leapers, but her leaping was special.

For a while, the yolk was her food. As she ate, it got smaller and smaller. Then it was gone. Now she was a fry. She was slim, silver, and one inch long. Leap! A Salmon’s Story • Level K

“I love to leap!” she said, flinging herself into the air. “You’ll never grow big, leaping like that,” said another salmon. 5

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“On the trip, she practiced her leaps.

Leaving Home

“I was born to leap!” she said, jumping higher and higher.

But she did grow—just like the others. Soon, they knew it was time to leave home. They swam downstream and headed for the ocean. Leap! A Salmon’s Story • Level K

“You’ll hurt yourself, leaping like that,” said the other salmon. “But she never did. 7

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The Bear Years later, the salmon knew it was time to go home. It was time to go upstream to spawn. Soon they would lay the eggs that would become baby salmon.

“In the ocean, she practiced her special leaps. “She did a sideways roll! She did a double twist! She did a triple backward flip!

They swam against the current of the stream. They struggled through rapids, leaped over waterfalls, and darted away from hungry predators.

“I must say,” said another salmon, “she is a lovely leaper.” Leap! A Salmon’s Story • Level K

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“Then, at one waterfall they met a bear! “We’ll never make it,” said one salmon. “We’re done for,” said another. ”Maybe not,” said the lovely leaper. “She gathered all her strength and swam forward. She leaped with all her might. Leap! A Salmon’s Story • Level K

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The bear had never seen anything like it! He watched her go up and up, higher and higher. He watched her twist one way, then another. He watched her flip end over end, and then backward! 12

Home Again What the bear didn’t see was the other salmon as they jumped the waterfall and swam safely away.

Home at last, she dug a hole with her tail. As her final task, she laid hundreds of tiny pink eggs. Before long the baby salmon would hatch. Like all salmon, they would be great leapers.

Quickly, she followed! With one last mighty flip, she was over the falls and gone. Leap! A Salmon’s Story • Level K

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Glossary

And maybe one would be a really lovely leaper! Leap! A Salmon’s Story • Level K

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current (n.)

water that flows in a certain direction (p. 10)

downstream (adv.)

in the direction of the current (p. 7)

fry (n.)

a young salmon after its yolk sac is gone (p. 5)

predators (n.)

animals that hunt and eat other animals (p. 10)

rapids (n.)

quick-moving water (p. 10)

spawn (v.)

to lay eggs (p. 10)

upstream (adv.) going against the current (p. 10) 16