Fantasy (fiction), 1,369 words, Level Q (Grade 3), Lexile 580L
In The Castaway Pines, Momma and Poppa Pine try to frustrate a logger because they think he wants to make them into Presto logs. When they find out that he wants them for Christmas trees, they begin to think differently. The Castaway Pines is written as a stage play, which introduces readers to a new genre.
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