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Classic (fiction), 2,538 words, Level Z (Grade 5), Single-Book Classics, Lexile 1350L
The Celebrated Jumping Frog of Calaveras County is a story-within-a-story told to a reluctant listener by a garrulous old California miner. The miner talks his ear off about a man so in love with gambling that he will bet on anything, but his favorite thing to bet on is his talented frog. The frog wins any jumping contest--until a trickster arrives, finds a way to defeat the frog, and walks away with the gambler's money and his pride. How does the trickster do it? And will the miner's less-than-enthusiastic listener ever escape his talkative captor?
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